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We Were Here 79-89 is the title of the new book from Gavin Watson and to fund the project Gavin has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

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The book tells the story of Gavin’s teenage years in the 1980s, from the time when as a fourteen year old skinhead he first picked up the camera and began to record his world.

“At first, I was just a shy, dreamy kid taking pictures of landscapes and my cat. It was only when Madness and the skinhead thing…the Two Tone thing started that I really began to take lots of pictures.”

He photographed wherever he went, at home, at school, in the streets of the estate where he lived, and whoever he met, his family, friends, girlfriends and in so doing created an extraordinary social document.  Its importance has already been widely recognised.  For example, the film maker Shane Meadows has acknowledged Gavin’s work and cites it as a visual reference and inspiration for ‘This is England’

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“I’m not a skinhead or a punk photographer” says Gavin, “I’m a DIY photographer. Back then I was using a camera without having any real knowledge of what I was doing. So I just did what felt natural, by instinct, by myself. I processed the stuff in the bathroom. That was the point. That still is the point about the work. Doing it for yourself. THAT’S FUCKIN’ PUNK.”

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“I didn’t feel my photographs were important but I felt that what was happening around me was unbelievably important and exciting. I was just amazed that we were demonised instead of celebrated,” he told us recently. “I managed to record my journey, which was thousands of kids’ journeys, all kids’ journeys, and that’s what the work shows really. Those relationships. They’re just young teenage kids trying to find their way in life.”GW-WWH-blogpost-008GW-WWH-blogpost-006

What makes We Were Here 79-89 so exciting is that for the first time Gavin has been a part of the entire creative process and has edited the selection of images himself; this is Gavin’s story told in his own way.

This book is also going to be produced at a higher quality than anything we have seen from Gavin before, presenting these photos in the way that such a legacy deserves.

To find out more about the project go to the We Were Here 79-89 Facebook page and to the Kickstarter to really get involved.

 

We Were Here 79-89 is the title of the new book from Gavin Watson and to fund the project Gavin has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

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The book tells the story of Gavin’s teenage years in the 1980s, from the time when as a fourteen year old skinhead he first picked up the camera and began to record his world.

“At first, I was just a shy, dreamy kid taking pictures of landscapes and my cat. It was only when Madness and the skinhead thing…the Two Tone thing started that I really began to take lots of pictures.”

He photographed wherever he went, at home, at school, in the streets of the estate where he lived, and whoever he met, his family, friends, girlfriends and in so doing created an extraordinary social document.  Its importance has already been widely recognised.  For example, the film maker Shane Meadows has acknowledged Gavin’s work and cites it as a visual reference and inspiration for ‘This is England’

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“I’m not a skinhead or a punk photographer” says Gavin, “I’m a DIY photographer. Back then I was using a camera without having any real knowledge of what I was doing. So I just did what felt natural, by instinct, by myself. I processed the stuff in the bathroom. That was the point. That still is the point about the work. Doing it for yourself. THAT’S FUCKIN’ PUNK.”

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“I didn’t feel my photographs were important but I felt that what was happening around me was unbelievably important and exciting. I was just amazed that we were demonised instead of celebrated,” he told us recently. “I managed to record my journey, which was thousands of kids’ journeys, all kids’ journeys, and that’s what the work shows really. Those relationships. They’re just young teenage kids trying to find their way in life.”GW-WWH-blogpost-008GW-WWH-blogpost-006

What makes We Were Here 79-89 so exciting is that for the first time Gavin has been a part of the entire creative process and has edited the selection of images himself; this is Gavin’s story told in his own way.

This book is also going to be produced at a higher quality than anything we have seen from Gavin before, presenting these photos in the way that such a legacy deserves.

To find out more about the project go to the We Were Here 79-89 Facebook page and to the Kickstarter to really get involved.

 

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Jay Brooks is the latest of almost 400 photographers to photograph Tim Andrews for his now legendary Over The Hill project.

In 2007 Tim was forced to give up his job as a solicitor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Uncertain at first what to do, on a whim he answered an ad in Time Out from a photographer looking for subjects.  He went to the photographers studio, the photographs were taken, Tim enjoyed the experience and the Over The Hill project was born.

Tim began to write to photographers and ask if they would take his portrait and since then has had his photograph taken by just short of 400 different photographers, ranging from the most august professionals to the completely amateur.  The work is fascinating in its range and variety but it is driven by Tim’s generosity and enthusiasm to make the best possible pictures in every situation.  He is open to any idea, will work clothed or naked and as you can see is quite happy in a gorilla suit.

Tim has recently decided to call it a day and end the project.  There will, he says, be no more new photographs added after the end of May but we are sure that with such an amazing body of work there will be more shows and exhibitions in the future.

Learn more about ‘Over The Hill’ and the amazing Mr Andrews here.

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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.

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Pip spent some time at the end of 2015 in Cuba and here is a foretaste of the pictures from the trip.  When he has finished editing the whole trip Pip is planning to produce a book of his Cuban images and perhaps even an exhibition.

‘ I had always wanted to go to Cuba, it just fascinated me, a country in a state of suspended animation, a place I really wanted to photograph.  But it’s changing and now relations with the US are getting better it’s going to change even more.  I decided that if I didn’t go now it could be too late and the Cuba I wanted to see would have gone.  But it was amazing, still a very special place with incredible people.’

There will be updates on Pip’s Cuba project later in the year.

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ResonatorsScarlet Page‘s project to create a portrait gallery of the world’s greatest rock guitarists – is about to be launched.  The fruits of a two year project, Resonators features Brian May, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Graham Coxon, Jimmy Page and many more, all presented in high quality black and white

The book, beautifully designed by former GQ art director Warren Jackson, goes on sale on 1st December and this week, on 26th November, the Resonators exhibition opens at Proud’s Camden gallery.

Scarlet has been hard at work promoting the launch and there has been plenty of press interest in the project.  She even made it on to the famous red sofa for an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning.  See below

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Amit and Naroop‘s Singh project is currently gracing the hallowed halls of Leo Burnett London.

Amit and Naroop launched The Singh Project in Autumn 2014 and it immediately caught the attention of the public and the press.  It was covered by BBC World News, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Hindustani Times to name but a few.  It is part of a wider change that is taking place in the way Sikhs are being perceived as Lauren Cochrane commented in The Guardian.

‘Including a sword-wielding man in his sixties, a smiling boy, a polo player and finger-clicking magician, the male Sikh subjects of The Singh Project are wildly different but they are also united by the signifiers of the religion – the turban. Photographers Amit and Naroop’s exhibition at the Framers Gallery also shows how the look now has a place on fashion’s radar. Dapper young Sikh men in sharp suits are now a mainstay of mainstream street style blogs and Sikh jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia something of a figurehead starring in Gap adverts and Wes Anderson films.

Sikhs themselves are behind the shift. Along with Amit and Naroop, Pardeep Bahra, the 23-year-old fashion blogger – and Sikh – set up Singh Street Style in 2013, describing himself as the “Sikh sartorialist”. He has since scored himself nearly 35,000 followers on Instagram, modelling gigs with Adidas and Samsung and a line of sweatshirts with a cartoon Sikh character. Amit and Naroop have his seal of approval. “They have done an amazing job bringing out a sense of mystique, magic and beauty in their subjects,” says Bahra. “Coming from a similar line of work I feel this is an excellent way to not only celebrate the image of a Sikh, but to normalise the image of a turban and beard through the eyes of the west.” Normalised perhaps. Fashionable? Definitely.’

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Amit and Naroop are going to be talking about their experiences with crowdfunding, Kickstarter and The Singh Project at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane on Saturday 10th October.  The talk has been organised by the AOP as one of a series of events happening around the 2015 Awards show at the brewery running from 9th to 11th.

Amit and Naroop ran their successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the Singh Project, their exhibition of portraits of British Sikh men, which won them great media attention and acclaim.

Entrance to the AOP Event is free and it starts at 12.30 on Saturday 10th October at the Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.  For more information about the AOP Events over the weekend go www.the-aop.org/2015

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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!

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Scarlet Page‘s crowdfunding campaign to finance the publication of her book ‘Resonators’, portraits of the greatest guitar players of the age, finished on 7th August and we are pleased to announce it was a resounding success.

By the deadline 214 backers had pledged over £26,000, £10,000 more than the original target.  So huge thanks and congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to arrival of the book later in the year.

You can follow the progress and development of the project on the Resonators Facebook page and we will be blogging and tweeting further updates as the launch date approaches.  Follow Scarlet on Twitter here.

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Scarlet Page has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of her Resonators project in book form.  Resonators, first seen as an exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall fund raising for Teenage Cancer Trust, is Scarlet’s collection of portraits of legendary guitar players including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Slash, Peter Green and Jimmy Page.

The book is looking fabulous and will feature the Resonators images in beautiful, and rock appropriate, black and white.  It is designed by GQ’s Warren Jackson with words by the award winning novelist Ben Myers.

To find out more about the Kickstarter and the pledges on offer click here.  And here for the Resonators on Facebook.

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This month a set of the most evocative images from Gavin Watson’s archive collection are on show in the hallowed halls of the award winning London advertising agency CHI & Partners.

To see the images and more of Gavin’s work click here.

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Amit and Naroop’s Singh Project is being featured as part of Alchemy, The Southbank Centre’s Annual Festival celebrating the shared culture of the UK and South Asia with the best of art, design, music, theatre, literature, comedy, dance and …food.

Scaled up to work in the vastness that is the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, super-sized versions of the Singh images are suspended from the ceiling, together now with a fascinating and moving video of interviews with some of the Singhs.  See the video here.

There are concerts and performances every evening and events and shows, like Singh, to see throughout the day.  Alchemy runs from 15th to 25th May.

 

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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.

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Rebecca Miller has won the fashion award in the first British Life Photography Awards (BLPA) with her picture of Brit – see above.  What’s more, she also had four more images highly commended in the fashion category as well as one, her shot of Vivienne Westwood, in the portrait section.  (See below).

The BLPA is a new event that aims to promote photography and ‘showcase contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life.’  It is sponsored by Sony and supported by Time Out, Conde Nast Traveller and Country Life and judged by a panel publishers, picture editors and photographers including Lara Jade and Caroline Metcalfe, the Director of Photography at Conde Nast.

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The winning photographs can be seen at The Mall Galleries, London SW1Y 5BD until 7th March.

 

To fund an exhibition for their Singh Project, Amit & Naroop have taken to crowd funding website Kickstarter:

“The photographic element of the project has been completed and has been featured on many blogs and websites including the highly respected Its Nice That and Creative Review. It also has a great following on Facebook.”

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“Through Kickstarter, our aim is to put on a fantastic exhibition that is contemporary and modern in its appearance, yet rooted in tradition and culture in its substance.

The money raised will be used to:
– Print the thirty five images from the project
– Hire out a exhibition space to display the project
– Print high quality booklets
– Hold a private view event to showcase the exhibition

We have always aimed to raise awareness on topics and issues that we feel passionate about through our work. SINGH is a project close to our heart. A marriage of our faith and skill, it represents our identity as British born photographers and our Punjabi, Sikh roots.”

The campaign runs for another 24 days – an amazing opportunity to support groundbreaking work.  Amit & Naroop are offering some great incentives for those who generously donate, which can be seen in detail on the campaign page, here: http://kck.st/1kkOZ2F

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Amit and Naroop‘s SINGH project was featured in Creative Review’s May iPad edition!  This is fantastic exposure for the project, and Amit and Naroop will soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the SINGH exhibition. 

The pair want to ‘put on a beautiful exhibition where people can learn more about the symbols of Sikh identity in their varied and striking styles.’

SINGH is a series of portraits of British Sikh men. The men who feature in this project are businessmen, boxers, IT professionals, doctors, fashion stylists, temple volunteers, magicians and a host of occupations , all adapting the interpreting the Sikh traditions in their own way.

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Scarlet Page’s new exhibition – ‘Resonators’ – is about guitar heroes.  It is a stellar collection of portraits featuring some of the biggest names and most famous faces in music.

The epic project saw Scarlet travel far and wide to capture the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Slash, Brian May, Wilko Johnson, John Squire, and, of course, her father Jimmy Page.

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Media interest has been strong with radio interviews and features in The Times, Mojo and GQ Online amongst others.  The opening at the Royal Albert Hall was an impressive media and music business gathering. Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keavney lived the dream having his picture taken with John Squire AND Jimmy Page!

Resonators can be seen at the Royal Albert Hall from 24th March  to 24th April

Profits from the sale of limited edition prints go to the Teenage Cancer Trust

The first print of each edition of 25 is signed by the ‘Resonator’ and Scarlet and are currently being auctioned on ebay. The auction closes this Sunday 30th March 2014 – click here to place your bid.

The rest of the limited editions, signed by Scarlet, are on sale at Shoot

Listen here to Scarlet’s 6 Music radio interview with Shaun Keavney.

 

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Sir Paul McCartney, Slash, Brian May, Wilko Johnson, John Squire, Steve Jones and Jimmy Page are all ‘Resonators’; with the rest of rock’s elite they are the subjects of Scarlet Page’s latest project, an exhibition of epic portraits at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Scarlet grew up surrounded by music and musicians, the daughter of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, the ‘guitarist’s guitarist’.  She began her career in photography, establishing herself as a successful music photographer, but she had been taking pictures of bands for over 15 years before she finally managed to shoot Jimmy ‘officially’ for a Sunday newspaper.  The session gave her the idea for a collection of portraits of guitar legends.

Scarlet explains, “I really wanted to do a charity project and Teenage Cancer Trust, with its incredible musical pedigree, and the amazing work it does, seemed ideal. I’ve been shooting now for over a year, and I’m not going to stop just yet”.

Resonators will open at the RAH on 24th March, and will run until 24th April. The prints will be on sale online in limited editions of 25. The first print of each edition will be signed by the ‘Resonator’ and Scarlet, and will be auctioned on ebay with all profits going to TCT. For a full list of subjects please visit the Resonators Facebook page.

Resonators prints will be on sale online at www.shootgroup.com/prints/scarlet-page-resonators/ . For the ‘first print eBay auction’ click here.

Resonators is kindly sponsored by Metro Imaging and Happy Finish.

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Last week saw GQ turn 25, and to celebrate, a private view of their new exhibition The Greatest Photographs (a collection of  some of the most iconic photographs that have appeared on its pages, with prints being auctioned off for The Prince’s Trust) was held.

Our very own Søren Solkær whose playful images of The White Stripes, James Corden and Dizzy Rascal  feature alongside the work of the other industry heavyweights that have worked with the magazine over the past two and a half decades.

You can view the other selected images here

The Greatest Photographs exhibition –  1st Nov to 8th Nov 2013,  Phillips Gallery, Howick Place, London, SW1. 

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Currently featured on GQ online,  Jokerface! Serious photographs of funny people is Ray Burmiston’s ‘homage’ to the nation’s comedy elite and is currently showing at Riverside Studios.

Closely associated with Comic Relief,  Burmiston has photographed every major comic talent of the last ten years which includes: Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart, Bill Bailey, Al Murray, not to mention Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (who he has photographed extensively), and all who appear in the exhibition.

Initially curated and staged for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jokerface offers a rare opportunity to purchase limited edition prints which are priced from £125.00-£185.00 and can be purchased here.

Jokerface! runs till 31st August at The Gallery, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL – free entry

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This May, a new and exciting international photography art fair will take place for the first time in London. The Photo Art Fair is a four-day exhibition that will showcase the work of 50 established and up-and-coming photographers from around the world.

Our very own Gavin Watson was selected from thousands of  photographers to show his work at the fair. Working closely with Susie Babchick (Photo Art Fair panelist and  trustee of the Corinne Day Estate), Gavin has selected six  exclusive images from his archive to exhibit and sell.

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Gavin’s archive has inspired many people across various industries; from This is England  film director Shane Meadows, to various fashion brands-working on multiple campaigns for the likes of Dr Martens and Farah, through to his recent work with Plan B on ill Manors.

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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’…

Currently showing at Rock City Art Gallery is The Smiths and Morrissey Exhibition. Featuring a couple of images from Shoot photographer, Paul Rider, his illustrious archive never fails to surprise.

The show runs until November 29 and entry is free.

Recently whilst in Australia for his photographic exhibition, CloserSøren Solkær Starbird was invited to singer Goyte‘s home to photograph him for the show.

Goyte and his team liked the images so much they have since decided to also use them to promote his new album, Making Mirrors. Very fitting.

Montage mash up of the amazing faces they were captured by Ray Burmiston at his pop up studio for the opening of Joker Face – currently on exhibit at Edinburgh Festival.

Check out all the photos on our Facebook page.

 

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Photographer Jay Brooks‘ has an unusual desire to seek out and capture the dancing beat of the British nation; celebrating the young and old, weird and wonderful, those who gather for competition or purely for the love of it.

This is an ongoing personal project which sees Jay “traveling across the country, staying in travel lodges and eating a lot of service station sandwiches in a desperate attempt to find the groove…. which is often alive and well and getting down in a village hall somewhere off the A56!!”

There’s more to come culminating in an exhibition soon but for now you can keep up to date here.

In anticipation of the BAFTA Nominees 2012 party early next month, giant images from Jay BrooksTelevision Comedy Essay, from a previous BAFTA TV Awards photo shoot, are currently gracing the windows of Coutts Bank on The Strand.

Just under one week until Dean Chalkely returns to The Book Club for the premiere screening of The New Faces: A Short Film.

Following his landmark photographic exhibition, The New Faces which he unveiled in 2010- a study of eight young ‘Mods’, bound together by their shared passion for smart dressing, rare soul music, socialising and dancing-  the film forms a hypnotic visual experience as well as being an incisive and engaging contemporary document – The New Faces steps inside the minds of three young men captured in the enthrallment of a culture that they have fondly devoted themselves to.

In typical Dean Chalkley style, the film screening at The Book Club will be a party not to be missed. Not only will guests be amongst the first people to view Dean’s new short film, they will be enticed into dancing the night away to a sought-after selection of rare soul, rhythm & blues, ska, Latin and boogaloo! DJs on the night will include Jamie Parr and Tomas McGrath (featured in The New Faces: A Short Film) as well as Dean Chalkley and Si Cheeba (Black Cat) and Jo Wallace.

The New Faces: A Short Film will be hosted exclusively on SHOWstudio.com from 9th March 2012.

Opening on 1 March, Søren Solkær Starbird‘s exhibition at DCI will, among others, include portraits of Pete Doherty, David Lynch, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, together with established music icons such as PJ Harvey, Bjørk and Sir Paul McCartney.

“Søren’s portraits, ranging from deep and intimate studies to large format cinematic scenes shot in mind-blowing locations, have been featured in the world’s leading magazines for which Søren Solkær Starbird also has worked: Q, GQ, Arena, Rolling Stone and Wallpaper.” DCI

The opening is 1 March 5pm-6pm and Søren Solkær Starbird will be present for an artist’s talk 6pm-7pm. Admission is free, but booking to the artist’s talk is essential.

The exhibition opens 1 March and continues until 26 April. The exhibition is on show at The Danish Cultural Institute, 3 Doune Terrace, Edinburgh – opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

For further information, please contact Mette Fruergaard by email: event@dancult.co.uk or phone: 0131 225 7189.

The exhibition showcasing the winners of the Nikon sponsored NME Music Photography Awards opens at The Printspace Gallery in Shoreditch on 6th January.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate Dean on his achievement, winning the award for The Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography!  Well done fella!

The awards exhibition features a collection of Dean’s work, while the picture above comes from his recent Kasabian shoot.

The show runs until 11th January.  For more information about it see www.nme.com/photoawards