Gavin Watson started taking pictures at an early age. He was a 14 year old skinhead, immersed in Madness and Two Tone, when he set about documenting the antics of his friends and especially his ‘muse’, his brother Neville.
‘Skins’, the best selling book based on his early pictures, was hailed as ‘ the most important photographic record of this unique subculture’ and it was followed by two others developing the theme, ‘Skins and Punks’ and ‘Raving ‘89’. His influence is cited by the likes of Terry Richardson ( ‘I think he’s a genius!’) and the film director Shane Meadows, who credited much of the look of ‘This is England’ to Gavin’s work.
Currently Gavin shoots fashion for brands like Dr Martens and Farah Vintage and a range of magazines. He is also working on projects to showcase and re-present his archive.
Dr Martens, Farah, Vice, Jock and Nerds, Victoria and Albert Museum, Universal Music, Island Records, UROK Management, Revolver Entertainment, WAD Magazine, Artrocker, Plan B Enterprises, Upon Paper.