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More Cuba.  A lady with a Havana cigar from Pip‘s Cuba project.  See more here

More Cuba.  A lady with a Havana cigar from Pip‘s Cuba project.  See more here

Two teds from Jay Brooks ‘Forever Ted’ project.  See more here.

Grooming – models own.

 

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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