New, Deep-Dive Travel Books on Ethiopia, London and Photographer Thomas …

by Zelalem

New travel books, from left: ‘Ethiopian Highlands,’ ‘Unseen London’ and ‘Wanderlust’

“UNSEEN LONDON” may sound like a questionable title for a book filled with images of iconic structures such as Big Ben, 10 Downing Street and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

But British photographer

Peter Dazeley

went beyond the doors, domes and curtains of 50 famous (and not-so-famous) places in London, shooting spaces that will never be accessed by next-door neighbors, must less most travelers.

The results can be surprising—the wardrobe department at the London Palladium isn’t, as one might expect, a wonder of spangles and tulle; it looks like the fluorescent-lit interior of a laundromat. In contrast, the inside of Crossness Pumping Station, part of London’s Victorian-era sewage system, houses a gaily-painted octagonal pavilion surrounded by equally bright cast-iron flourishes. Mr. Dazeley and writer

Mark Daly

take readers inside military institutions, churches, newsrooms, control rooms and more, making for a tour of London you can’t get any other way. $50, Quarto Publishing

For 60 years, German-born photojournalist

Thomas Hoepker

has been traveling the globe, recording everyday life and major events—and not infrequently, both at once. The recently released “Wanderlust” collects 275 of the former Magnum Photos president’s most memorable images, which will delight art, travel and history buffs alike.

Mr. Hoepker captured moments as light as a 1963 New Year’s Eve ball in New York, and as weighty as 9/11. The book is sprinkled with his annotations. About his first visit to New York, he writes: “I was fascinated by the subway and spent most of my time…in the underground.”

V.I.P.s make the occasional appearance—a 1960s portrait of boxer

Muhammad Ali

shows every crease on his knuckles even as it leaves his face a blur—but shots of “real” people, from Pataxó people in Brazil to Buddhist monks in Burma, are even more moving. $95, teNeues Publishing Group

Oversized, slipcovered treatments are usually reserved for books about fashion luminaries or bucket-list destinations. But this month, Assouline releases “Ethiopian Highlands” a 16-inch-tall, linen-bound volume devoted to a little-known slice of the world.

Though it was mostly shot in the mountainous region that runs down the center of Ethiopia, this book isn’t about scenery. Greek photographer Lizy Manola, who visited the east African country a number of times over three years, trained her lens on religious life, specifically Christian rituals. (Ethiopia is predominantly Christian; more than 40% of the population is part of the centuries-old Ethiopian Orthodox Church.) Ms. Manola’s style is meditative and deeply shadowed. It’s appropriate for subjects that seem as if they come from the distant past as well as a distant land, such as a boy praying as he leans into a church mural, or a nun in a ragged wrap holding a lighted candle in church. $250, Assouline

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