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The brewers Marstons hired Gavin Watson to create the story for their “From Burton With Love” ad campaign and product launch.  The idea was to get back their roots in their home town of Burton on Trent with a cast of employees, their friends and families; an ideal vehicle for Gavin’s blend of reportage and high energy realism.

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Marstons, one of the great names in British beer – their Pedigree ale is an all time classic – have decided to update both their profile and their product range for the age of craft beers and microbreweries.  The campaign goes back to the very roots of the business in the home town of British brewing and aligns Marstons with what their marketing director Lee Williams described as “the authenticity and simplicity of the new beer scene.”

Given the brief, Gavin’s style was the perfect fit and, as it says in the foreword of his book ‘Skins and Punks’, he has the ability to make ‘ordinary’ people look like legends.   The campaign characters were all street cast either from the Marstons workforce, including head brewer Pat McGinty, or the general population of Burton and the story was shot in various locations in the brewery and the town.

“I wanted places that people would recognise,” Gavin said, talking about the choices of key locations and local landmarks, “I wanted to capture the spirit of a place – making it look as dramatic but as real as possible – about what it is to live and breathe in this town.  The ‘secondary town’ thing resonates with me. Burton still has its industry and it filled me with joy when I came to a town that still means something.

It’s in the blood; in the water. If you’re going to live, grow and die in this town you’re going to be connected to brewing in some way. You can sense it as soon as you get off the train.”

Art direction and the ideas that inspired the campaign come from Big Al’s Creative Emporium.

The brewers Marstons hired Gavin Watson to create the story for their “From Burton With Love” ad campaign and product launch.  The idea was to get back their roots in their home town of Burton on Trent with a cast of employees, their friends and families; an ideal vehicle for Gavin’s blend of reportage and high energy realism.

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Marstons, one of the great names in British beer – their Pedigree ale is an all time classic – have decided to update both their profile and their product range for the age of craft beers and microbreweries.  The campaign goes back to the very roots of the business in the home town of British brewing and aligns Marstons with what their marketing director Lee Williams described as “the authenticity and simplicity of the new beer scene.”

Given the brief, Gavin’s style was the perfect fit and, as it says in the foreword of his book ‘Skins and Punks’, he has the ability to make ‘ordinary’ people look like legends.   The campaign characters were all street cast either from the Marstons workforce, including head brewer Pat McGinty, or the general population of Burton and the story was shot in various locations in the brewery and the town.

“I wanted places that people would recognise,” Gavin said, talking about the choices of key locations and local landmarks, “I wanted to capture the spirit of a place – making it look as dramatic but as real as possible – about what it is to live and breathe in this town.  The ‘secondary town’ thing resonates with me. Burton still has its industry and it filled me with joy when I came to a town that still means something.

It’s in the blood; in the water. If you’re going to live, grow and die in this town you’re going to be connected to brewing in some way. You can sense it as soon as you get off the train.”

Art direction and the ideas that inspired the campaign come from Big Al’s Creative Emporium.

The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare.  Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.

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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.

 

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Westin commissioned Pip to produce his own personal take on their factory, its processes and the people that work in it.

Westin is based in Huddersfield and produces hi-tech kitchen equipment for a worldwide market.  ‘I just think the processes and the look of things in that kind of engineering factory are fascinating.’ said Pip ‘ Especially where they are welding and working with sheets of metal you get these amazing textures and reflections.  You close in on things and they become completely abstract but beautiful.’

 

 

 

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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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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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Celebrating Turnbull & Asser’s 130 years of bespoke mens tailoring, Pip shot England rugby international Lewis Moody in the London flagship store.

Since 1885 the prestigious company has created custom shirts for a jaw-dropping list of high profile clients from all over the world, including: Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and every James Bond. Having been awarded the Royal warrant of appointment, they are now also official suppliers to the Royal Family.

Lewis Moody was impressed with the journey to create his luxury bespoke shirts: “Having a bespoke shirt has been a real eye opener for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Turnbull & Asser. I was delighted with the outcome of all the shirts as they fit beautifully and are perfectly suited to my lifestyle.’

Join Turnbull & Asser as they celebrate 130 years of British manufacturing and craftsmanship here.

 

 

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‘I remember it as being one of the nicest photo shoots ever.  Richard Attenborough was a delightful man, he was concerned, warm, did everything we asked of him, told brilliant stories with casts of the ultra famous, charmed the pants off everyone concerned, called me darling and left after forty minutes in a haze of profuse apologies because he had to go to lunch.  I only met him once and not for long but it’s something I will always remember and be proud of.’  Paul Rider

Pip photographs folk band Hudson Taylor for Shortlist Magazine

 

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Following his fantastic work on Savile Row editorial ‘The Sartorialists’ last week, our photographer Pip was all over Shortlist for the second week in a row!

This Wednesday’s issue features Irish folk music duo Hudson Taylor, who were styled by Elilidh Greig at Stella Creative, in the magazine’s ‘Style + Grooming’ section.  There are some exclusive shots too, which can be seen on Pip’s blog.

The brothers, Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor, are currently playing festivals all over the country and will release their debut album on a secret date in September!

 

 

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Conor Maynard was recently shot by Pip for Untitled Magazine as part of their ‘Legendary’ issue.

Conor Maynard appears in the ‘#Future Legends’ feature which sees him in the company of Imogen Potts (actress) and Birdy (singer/songwriter)

The British pop star is currently working on his much anticipated second album, so watch this space!

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‘A Hemel Education’ has been featured in Rough Magazine! Gavin Watson photographs this fashion story with styling by Katie Greengrass.

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Fashion editorial by Gavin Watson

Photography: GAVIN WATSON @SHOOT GROUP  || Styling: KATIE GREENGRASS   ||  Stylist Assistant: GORGIE HILLIER  ||  Hair: ALEX TAKKO  ||

Makeup artist: KYM MENZIES FOSTER @PHAMOUS  ||  Model: ASHLEIGH @STORM MODEL

Clothing credits include Nike, Stella McCartney, Nasty Gal and Tommy Hilfiger.

 

See the full story at Rough Online here

 

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Having already shot campaigns for Dr Martens since 2011, Gavin Watson’s images are now being given pride of place on a capsule collection of T-shirts featuring limited-edition prints.

Best known for his images of the Skins and Punk subculture, within which he himself was immersed in in the late 70s and early 80s, Dr Martens X Gavin Watson sees the photographer and the iconic British brand collaborate for a second time – their SS14 collection which is now available to buy.

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The lookbook for this collection has a more personal touch; each model is a close friend of Gavin’s. From Barry, one of his oldest friends to his favourite subject Ash Stymest and of course his daughter Kayleigh.

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Pip shot Helen McCrory, whose multitude of credits on stage and screen include Harry Potter and the Bond movie Skyfall.  The results appear on the cover of the April edition of Vantage magazine.

See more Pip’s portraits here.

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Gavin Watson recently shot artwork for Nottingham troubadour Jake Bugg. His new EP Messed Up Kids features the new tracks ‘Messed Up Kids’, ‘A Change In The Air’, ‘Strange Creatures’ and ‘The Odds’ – set to be released May 12th.

Check out the video for Messed up Kids  here

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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.