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Pip was commissioned for another shoot by Marks and Spencer, this time for their new LTD Menswear campaign, shot on the banks of the Thames.

Marks and Spencer


Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer

Creative direction was by Ruth Bewsey @ Daisy London, with styling by Dan May @ CLM and grooming by Tim Pateman @ Fox Represents.  The model is Oli Lacey @ Next.

Pip was commissioned for another shoot by Marks and Spencer, this time for their new LTD Menswear campaign, shot on the banks of the Thames.

Marks and Spencer


Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer

Creative direction was by Ruth Bewsey @ Daisy London, with styling by Dan May @ CLM and grooming by Tim Pateman @ Fox Represents.  The model is Oli Lacey @ Next.

Pip recently had the privilege of photographing the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Red Magazine in the chambers of City Hall.  Sadiq impressed Pip not only as a politician but as a person, as Pip put it, ‘Not only the city’s first ethnic minority mayor and the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital, but also a top bloke to hang out with.’




Ferrari Magazine (TOFM) flew Pip and crew to Valencia to shoot the fashion story for their spring edition.  They were drawn there by the location, the dramatic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, a cultural centre opened in 2005, which gives the shoot its futuristic backdrop.

The styling,  including pieces from Ferrari’s own range, was by Jess Punter with hair and make up by Annabel McCrory.  The models were Alissandre Martines at Milk Management and David Pascual from Mad Models in Madrid.  The shoot was overseen and art directed by Official Ferrari Magazine creative director Warren Jackson and the all important car is a California T.




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Le Cool, London’s indispensable guide to what’s on and where, has interviewed Gavin Watson ahead of his appearance at Youth Club‘s First Tuesday event at Doomed Gallery in Dalston.  First Tuesdays are a monthly event (naturally) with Youth Club hosting a new talk by a photographer alongside a limited edition of Photocopy Club zine.  Gavin’s talk is subtitled ‘Time has Creative Power’ and is focused on the way the perception of his images has changed over the years as he tells Le Cool’s Josh Jones in this extract from the interview.

‘Hey Gavin, so what have you got planned for your talk at Youth Club – what will you be touching on?

‘Normally I just do it off the cuff because I never expect anyone to fucking turn up! This time I’m going to take it in a certain direction because I usually end up talking about anthropology instead of photography, it tends to get into being a societal talk about the history and movements of people and culture. I’m a bit like, “hold up a minute, I got kicked out of school at 15, what the fuck am I talking about this for?” There’s a photographic story there that very rarely gets told because the power of the images take over from the fact I was really interested in photography and is the great love of my life. I rarely talk about my photographic journey, we end up talking about Skinheads, the history of Skinheads, the history of rave and the culture around that. The reason these photographs exist is because I took them, and I took them because I love photography and knew how to work a camera. I had a moment of clarity the other day that all the Skinhead stuff is my mundane, personal work that I never expected anyone to see. My first real job as a photographer was working for a music paper called Sounds. I spent three or four years photographing all the bands of the mid-80s, from Morrissey to the Pogues, The Proclaimers, Siouxsie and the Banshees – the list goes on. And no one knows that I did it. I forget that I did it! I am a well-rounded photographer – I wasn’t in a bubble of just me and my mates on a Shane Meadows movie set! I was pursuing a career in photography and the Skinheads stuff was just part of the wallpaper of the time, of course two decades later it’s become something totally different. I’ve seen my mundane life become a golden era, it’s become romanticised.’

Read the whole interview here.

Youth Club First Tuesday is at Doomed Gallery on Tuesday 5th April.  Details here.


Wired commissioned Jay Brooks to photograph fountain maestro David Bracey getting appropriately wet in the fountain in Granary Square in London’s Kings Cross.

Bracey is the director of The Fountain Workshop, a London based company that has created cutting edge fountains bringing joy, excitement and wet feet to public spaces around Britain and across the world.  Their commissions can be seen in a number of British cities as well as, amongst others, Copenhagen and the UAE. The latest commission is the gamification of the fountains in Granary Square.  The 1080 water jets have been programmed to play the classic arcade game Snake using a smartphone app.  Playtime is between 5pm and 9pm if you fancy an early evening soaking.


If you haven’t been already, you still have two weeks to get down to One Nation Under A Groove, Youth Club Archive‘s multimedia celebration of everything sub-cultural at the Southbank Centre.

The photographic exhibition features 120 images from the PYMCA Archive which chart the twists and turns of style and youth culture over the last half century, with work from 50 photographers including Shoot’s Gavin Watson who provided the poster image above.

There’s also a screening room showing Dazed Digital‘s acclaimed Music Nation series and documentaries from independent film makers, like Will Robson-Scott and Nick Cunard, as well as a host of other cool things to do.

One Nation Under A Groove is open every day at SE1 8XX, The Festival Village under the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  So get on down!


Amit and Naroop‘s acclaimed Singh exhibition is on show FOR ONE DAY ONLY!  at the Vaisakhi celebrations in and around City Hall on Saturday 11th April.  The event celebrates Sikh heritage,  history and culture and, apart from the Singh at City Hall exhibition, features a host of other attractions including music, food and turban tying.

The Vaisakhi celebration is organised by The Mayor – see his personal invitation here – and supported by Singh Shaba London East and the EY Sikh Network.

To see the Singh project in full click here.

Jay Brooks' photographs the cast of East is EastEastiseastforblog

Jay Brooks‘ work for the London theatre scene has dominated the walls of the Underground in the recent months, with his portraits of Martin Freeman in Trafalgar Transformed’s Richard III, and Richard Armitage the Old Vic’s The Crucible.

The posters have now been released for the second part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the play’s author, Ayub Khan Din in ‘a modern classic comedy about growing up in multicultural England.’


We recently posted some great shots from Jay’s shoot with Tamsin Greig, for Playhouse Theatre’s season of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and now we can show you the finished product! Keep your eye out for this around.

Jay Brooks for London's Playhouse Theatre



Next up for Jay – Urinetown!



Gavin Watson campaign for Dr Martens

Gavin Watson for Dr Marten's Spirit of 69


Original skinhead subculture influence Dr Martens Spirit of ’69 by Gavin Watson

Gavin Watson once again collaborates with Dr Martens to photograph their newest clothes line Sprit of ’69.

‘The Spirit of 69 Collection is a modern interpretation of a look and attitude that was started back in 1969 by first generation skinheads’.

Crack Magazine recently interviewed Gavin about the campaign and his past documentation of skinheads, here.

The Spirit of ’69 campaign is also accompanied by a short film directed by musician, Mike Skinner. See the film and full collection on the Dr Martens website.

Drenge in GQ Essentials shot by Pip

Flyte by Pip for GQ Essentials

The Heartbreaks by Pip for GQ

Pip recently worked with GQ Essentials, shooting ‘The Art of Noise’, combining fashion, art and three breakthrough British bands.

Pip shot grunge duo Drenge outside the Rainforest Public Pavilion, London band Flyte by The Sun in Berkeley Square, and The Smiths-esque band The Heartbreaks in front of the Paternoster Vents.

The bands ‘rocked their fashion credentials’ in looks styled by Dan Blake, featuring pieces by Ben Sherman, Paul Smith and Topman.

Hair: Oliver Woods at One Represents and Carol Morley at Carol Hayes Management





In 2012, Søren Solkær Starbird began the very colourful and immersive personal project D.O.T.S to photograph artists who work in the public space.

Travelling to the Americas, across Europe and Australia, Søren has infiltrated the underground scene with the aim to portray the most significant figures in public and street art both on the contemporary scene as well as the pioneering figures.

Captivating and brilliant, the project will culminate in a book in 2014 with an exhibition to follow.

See more from the D.O.T.S project along with a video from his latest subject and adventure with Chris Pape aka Freedom in New York’s ‘Freedom Tunnel’…

Its big and beautiful

Gavin Watson is in the 02 edition of the super sized, biannual Upon Paper Magazine, appearing along side the greats: David Bailey, Nick Knight, William Eggleston, Wolfgang Tillmans, Solange Brand & many more.

To get your very own copy  Upon Paper Stockists


And an interview with Gavin, with his thoughts on his work, his life, being a skinhead and astrology.


Last chance this weekend to see Dean Chalkley’s amazing  ‘New Faces’ at the Reading Museum, where it has been part of ‘Reading, Steady, Go’ a celebration of Sixties style and all things mod.  The show, which previously ran for a month at London’s Book Club gallery is closing on Sunday 4 September.  It’s a study of eight young ‘Modernists’ who, with their sharp suits and sharper dance moves, are the latest inheritors of the smart but cool ‘Mod’ tradition.  To see images from the exhibition go Dean’s web site





More images from Shoot’s recent trip to China.  The sheer size and scale of the city’s roads, as seen by the camera and by sat nav, and ‘old’ Beijing, timeless, well apart from the reggae.

Beijing 2011

Beijing 2011

Beijing 2011

Beijing 2011


Images from Shoot’s trip to Hong Kong and Beijing last week, ‘ part of a continuing series’.

The idea was to blog as we went but China was too exciting and there were just too many pictures to take, too many places and too many people to meet for that to happen.  It’s also taken a day or two to edit the 1000 or so images and here’s the first taste.  There’ll be more on the blog later as well as galleries on the Shoot and the Paul Rider web sites.