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’
“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.”
“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.”
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.
‘In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.’
Bokeh demonstration by Pip.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
It’s 60 years this week since ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley and The Comets hit number one in ‘the hit parade’ and teds invented teenage rebellion! And as Jay Brooks reveals in this personal project they are still at it – though noticeably less teenage.
When teds rioted at the Trocadero Cinema in Elephant and Castle, fired up by the rock and roll soundtrack of the movie ‘Blackboard Jungle’, they sent middle England into the first of many moral panics and blazed the trail for the mods, rockers, skins and punks that followed them.
The teds – or teddy boys to give them their full title – in Jay’s pictures are a little more mature and stop short of riot but only just. As you can see they still enjoy what teds have always enjoyed sharp suits, beer, rock and roll and the odd fag.
See more of Jay’s teds on his website here
Resonators – Scarlet 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
We are delighted to announce that Katie Quinn Davies, the award winning photographer, author and food blogger, has joined Shoot.
Originally from Dublin, Katie has been living in Australia for the last few years working as a photographer specialising in food, travel and lifestyle. Her acclaimed food blog ‘What Katie Ate’, for which she develops, cooks, styles and shoots every recipe, is hugely successful with over 250,000 followers worldwide. In 2012 the first ‘What Katie Ate’ cookbook was published and became an immediate bestseller around the world. And in 2013 Katie won the prestigious John Beard Awards for best photography and best general cookbook and published a follow up ‘What Katie Ate At The Weekend’.
As you can see her pictures are beautiful, with a rich textured style that has won her a lot of followers and plenty of clients including a major British supermarket that hired her to shoot their 2015 Christmas food campaign. But more of that later..
See more of Katie’s work on the Shoot website here.
For this All Hallows Eve Scott Grummett has posted ideas for suitable seasonal fayre on his blog. Though as a man of sophistication and taste he’s avoided all things dark and ghoulish, vampire burgers and anything drizzled with fake blood.
He also has a recipe for a delicious roast pumpkin dish that solves the perennial problem of what to do with the inside of the pumpkin when you have made the outside into a lamp.
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.’
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
In November 2014 Liam Arthur traveled to The West Bank to help pick olives and to photograph the people there who live their ordinary lives against an extraordinary back ground of sectarianism and strife. The result is ‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ a gentle but powerful set of images that reveal the everyday life that lies behind the drama and the violence of the news feeds. The pictures are moving because they capture moments of normalness, kids go to school and play football, farmers pick olives and tend goats. But it is all against the unseen but ever present background of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ is currently featured on the photo mag website Of The Land and Us together with an article by Liam about his journey and how he created the project.
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!
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.
He photographed the football kids of the Priory Park Football Club in north London at the end of last season and plans to continue the work in the new term. His fresh images really capture the enthusiasm, energy, the pure joy and fun of the kids game.
Personal work from Scott Grummett‘s recent trip to Italy. A fully out foodie and Italophile, Scott spent his time, or at least some of it, in Rome capturing these extraordinary images of classic Italian-ness. Perfetto!
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.
During her recent visit to LA, of which more later, Rebecca Miller, as you do in LA, spent some of her time hanging out with Rita Ora.
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.
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.
To see the Singh project in full click here.
Hynde moved from the US to the UK at the start of the punk era, and founded The Pretenders in 1978. Members have come and gone but she remained the front woman throughout the band’s history, a phenomenal personality, songwriter and musician.
And here at Shoot we think Hynde is a superb addition to the Resonators project – a visual celebration of the musicians that created the sound we call rock. Previous portraits of the rock elite include: Brian May, Slash, Paul Weller, Sir Paul McCartney and guitarists from bands like: The Stone Roses, Sex Pistols , Oasis, and The Eagles.
Scarlet has been longing for a female subject to add to the project and with Hynde’s rock history and musical talent she fits the bill perfectly…some added rock chick for Resonators!
Chrissie’s portrait can be found on the Shoot website along with all Resonators prints www.shootgroup.com/photographers/scarlet-page/resonators/ (print sales in aid of teenage cancer trust.)
Jack shows off his serious side here, but we did manage to catch him smiling this behind the scenes shot.
The Resonators photo book, including all of the new additions and some of Scarlet’s stories from the road, is now available for pre-order from Red Giant Publishing in Deluxe and Collectors editions.
I can’t say I’d ever yearned for my fortune to be read, I just wanted to get away from London and shoot something with no entourage. Having worked with a lot of actors and musicians, this time I was after a project that felt more ‘real’. That seems so funny now. I soon learnt that fortune-telling could be just as much of a performance…After four days, I still didn’t know if I believed, but I knew that they did. I guess that’s all that really mattered.
See more of Jay’s work with people and places here!
“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.”
“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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