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Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

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.

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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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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Street Feast, London’s self styled ‘nomadic street food circus’ opens a new venue, Dinerama in Shoreditch, this weekend.

In honour of the event Scott Grummett was commissioned once again to capture the foods, flavours and, this time, the faces of the Street Feast crew at their events in Dalston and Lewisham.  He did this with his usual skill and dedication to everything edible, making all the foods and drinks he shoots look as good as they taste.

Dinerama opens on Friday 12th June at Shoreditch Yard, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EJ at 5 pm.

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Street Feast’s Model Market returns to Lewisham and these shots from Scott Grummett show just what’s in store.

The Indoor/Outdoor Night Market is back for a second summer of street food, drinking, dancing and unrivaled vibes.

Last year the team behind Street Feast transformed an abandoned 1950s market in Lewisham into south east London’s summer weekend capital of vibes. Street Feast Model Market is now back with a stellar line-up of superb street food, brilliant bars, a purely vinyl soundtrack and wonderful crowd. Plus, new this year: a suntrap, rooftop bar and terrace (aka the ‘Lewisham High Line’).

Street Feast Model Market will be running every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 1am until 02/03 October.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

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No need to hang out for late night reruns, the Inbetweeners are BACK!  Following the huge box office success of their first movie, The Inbetweeners 2 will follow the boys on their Australian gap year, which they describe as “generally having a ball in a very British boys on holiday kind of way”.

To kick off the countdown to the release of their new movie, Shoot photographer Pip shot the group (in a rarely seen well-dressed state) for the cover of this week’s Shortlist Magazine.

The Inbetweeners 2 is out in cinemas on August 6th. Get ready, friends!

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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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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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Champion free runner, Tim Shieff has collaborated with photographer Pip to create these arresting images.

As a pioneer of the rapidly-growing sport, Tim’s ethos is centred around thinking outside of the box – showcasing physical creativity and injecting energy into the places that people overlook on a daily basis. Using 1970’s brutalist architecture as a common backdrop, together Pip and Tim have created somthing much more than polished sports imagery.

By focusing on the quieter moments, Pip’s images have harnessed the strength, balance and precision that epitomise Tim’s approach and go towards making him an artist as much as an athlete.

 

 

DEPENDING ON THE STREET

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’…

We are very pleased to present aristocrazythe new 2012 campaign by Tommy Ton –  fashion photographer and blogger of street style

The fashionista Spanish jewels brand used London as the backdrop for their bold 2012 collection that was shot in June.

Over a two month period Shoot Production worked closely with the Spanish brand and film director, Juan Ross, to create this epic film and stills production which featured 6 London locations over one day.

Perfectly styled and framed for each model and occasion, the jewels look stunning. Watch the campaign film and visit aristocrazy store to see the full collection.

The Olympics: our legacy or theirs? Photographers and directors Amit & Naroop ask sports hungry youth in Stratford if they believe the London 2012 Olympics will leave a lasting legacy.

 In early July 2012, with the Olympics coming to London, parts of Stratford have been completely transformed. But much of it is still poor and crime rates are high.

With the new gleaming Olympic village and facilities all ready for the games to begin, Amit and Naroop were more interested in how the Olympics would affect the young people who lived around it.

They decided to approach Community Links, an innovative East London charity based in Newham, to speak to youth that were involved in Community Links sports programmes and ask them their thoughts on the Olympics and more importantly whether they felt they would benefit from the facilities once the Olympics finished.

The end result intrigued and inspired.

 

Taking fashion to dangerous heights, Gavin Watson shot this 10 page editorial piece from top to bottom for the French urban, fashion and culture magazine WAD #51 – the top issue.  On sale now.

 

Congratulations to our friends at Farah Vintage who this week won ‘Menswear Brand of the Year’ at the Drapers Awards in London. Up against some fierce competition, Farah Vintage pulled off the most coveted honor a brand could strive for.

We’d also like to give a very special mention to SHOOT photographer, Gavin Watson, who has worked with Farah Vintage for the last few years and most recently shot the Fall/ Winter 11 campaign, bringing his iconic style and edge to develop the brand image.




 

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