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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

 

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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

 

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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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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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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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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.

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 & Naroop’s personal project ‘Singh’  is a series of portraits of British Sikh men. To the duo, the turban and beard are the most powerful and obvious symbols of the identity of a Sikh man, and ‘Singh’ is a celebration of that identity.

Although the project is still in it’s infancy, it has already received a phenomenal response, including a feature on It’s Nice That

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.

“The aim of ‘Singh’ is to capture the essence of modern “Sikhness” and to pay tribute to the beauty and variety of British Sikh Men.” – Amit & Naroop

– ‘Singh’ is due to be exhibited this Summer. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest news and images from the project here

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Pip was commissioned by Gaolhouse – a new London denim brand – to shoot their launch campaign. Working with model Ricki Hall and designer & art director Will Unwin, the team shot against the industrial backdrop of Hoxton Docks, East London.

Gaolhouse is an old English term for ‘jail’. Their products are designed and developed in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Royal Prison Service – a unique approach that supports prison industries and utilises a skilled workforce as part of their rehabilitation.

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In his first feature with Tatler UK, Jay Brooks worked with renowned body painter Emma Cammack for their “Lose Yourself” article in this month’s issue.

The piece focuses on the rising trend of “immersive entertainment” –  interviewing founder of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall, The Templeton family who started the extraordinary Shuttlecock Inc, and co-directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle from Punchdrunk, which has achieved cult status among theatre goers.

– The March Issue is OUT NOW

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The Women’s Institute has come a long way from it’s “Jam and Jerusalem” hey days.  With the appearance of The Great British Bake Off and Kirstie’s Handmade Britain on our TV screens, baking and knitting have never been so cool. The WI are now enjoying an unexpected revival with young women all over the country now wanting to join – there is now a waiting list! and our very own Rebecca Miller spent a fun filled afternoon shooting some of these lovely ladies for ES Magazine.

 

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Continuing to immerse himself in the weird and wonderful world of some of the UK’s quirkiest subcultures; here’s the latest portraits from Jay Brooks‘s personal project ” Here come the Teds”

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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’…

Jay Brooks brings you The Teds – a sneak preview. As part of his ongoing dance project to photograph the unusual to the extreme, his latest endeavour, The Teds, is really something special.

Recently Jay spent a very sweaty Saturday night locked up, camera in hand, doing his own dance to capture these intimate portraits. Absolutely brilliant!

This weekend Dean Chalkley will be in Margate to celebrate our great British Youth Culture Heritage as the Dreamland Trust opens the doors for its Soul Town Weekend and marks the 48th anniversary of the youth riots that took place in British seaside towns around the UK during Whitsun bank holiday weekend in 1964.

Soul tunes will be buzzing across various venues in Margate’s iconic Old Town vintage quarter along with special screenings of Dean Chalkley’s award-winning film, Young Souls, plus his latest film, The New Faces: A Short Filma documentary showcasing the continuing popularity of the sixties-born youth cult and a study of eight Mods bound together by a shared passion for smart dressing, rare soul, socialising and dancing.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Soul Town Weekend coincides with the opening of Tracey Emin’s first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary…much British culture to see and do!

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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.

We are very pleased to announce…Hush Puppies has unveiled ‘Hemingway Design for Hush Puppies’ AW12 – a premium standalone men’s footwear collection – with photography by Dean Chalkley, whose images of British club and dance subcultures inspired the ‘look’ of the campaign.

Spearheaded by Jack Hemingway, senior designer at HemingwayDesign, his creative direction for the brands visual identity draws specifically from Dean’s widely acclaimed personal projects, The New Faces in 2010 – a study of 8 young Mods living the mod life now – followed by Young Souls in 2011 – a beautifully observed short film and stills exhibition on the contemporary Northern Soul scene.

On why Dean was specifically approached to be involved, Jack Hemingway said; “Dean’s flawless knowledge of British youth culture and eye for design detail made him the obvious choice to shoot the HemingwayDesign for Hush Puppies campaign. The results are wonderful!”

With over fifty years of tradition, for Hush Puppies this new collaboration, and Hemingway’s fresh interpretation of their aesthetics and standards of quality, propels them into a new era of style.

Julie Bradley, EMEA Marketing Manager for Hush Puppies, commented; “Hush Puppies are honored to have worked with Dean on this project. He is a consummate professional and has created imagery that is exciting and will be used across all platforms of media for this campaign.”

Watch behind the scenes here – http://vimeo.com/39261843

 

 Last Thursday Dean Chalkley held the screening and party for the premiere of his latest film – The New Faces: A Short Film at The Book Club in Shoreditch. The following day it found it’s new home on SHOWstudio – the home of fashion film.

SHOWstudio is an award-winning fashion website, founded and directed by Nick Knight. It has consistently pushed the boundaries of communicating fashion and culture online.

“I’m really thrilled that the film is now screening on SHOWstudio.com. The site is an institution dedicated to forward-thinking and challenging new work.” – Dean Chalkley (2012).

Without further ado we bring you THE NEW FACES.

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.