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The Secret Public

Gallery visit: the secret public at the ICA -Institute of Contemporary Arts, near Trafalgar Square: map

Easter break: read all the essays from the reader (the body & the archive and essays on youth cultures) and start working on your project
the first session after easter break you will present us where you are with your research and photographic work

Filed under: youth cultures

subcultures now



Filed under: youth cultures

preparing studio session

outline for the day

1- research anita’s work
see her web sites and

plan for next Friday’s session with anita:
1-presentation of her work
2- personal tutorials- bring one image that represents your work
3- studio session

2- research youth cultures
divide into groups of four students
2.1.10-20m decide which subculture to represent
2.2.-do online research on that subculture

what is required:
subculture’s name
style/ clothing/ accessories
10 images
hang out places
production plan for the shooting session with anita specifying the models, props,etc

afternoon –finalise overall plan for studio session (models, sequence, etc)

Filed under: anita corbin, research project

photographing youth culture

Donovan Wylie (via Kate)
His book: Loosing Ground (1998).
Review: pubished on Source magazine
Donovan was 25 when he took these photos, after he met a group of new age travellers at Lancashire, living by the side of a road and documented their lives over three years as they moved from country to city living (we see the same core group of six people in the photographs). Kate was part of the community and was already living in London when the book came out. The photos really disturbed her because it was so grim; they also came out in The Guardian newspaper , and it had a negative impact as people starting identifying these images with the travellers; the photos were taken between 1993 and 1995, and Donovan was an outsider to the community. Kate has been developing alternative means of representing the same community and her advice to someone photographing a subculture is: you need to question why are you going to photograph, what will be the effects on the person you are photographing!

Iain McKell (via georgina)
His book is Fashion Forever (2004). For the past three decades, Iain McKell has been photographing British youth subcultures, from the pre-ecstasy days, to rave parties, with focus on street fashion, skinheads, punks and Vegas rockers…people deliberately dressing up. Georgina is currently shooting the club scene at the end, the same area where Iain McKell was shooting his punks and new romantics, and she feels it was much more creative and now it is very boring, The people are clean and it is mainstream fashion, now there are so many cameras everywhere its more mainstream to party all night, in the mid eighties it was more difficult to get drugs people used to just drink.

Lithiumpicnic (via jessica)
Lithiumpicnic (via jessica) who found it on deviantart:
Philip Warner is a fashion and fine art photographer who has done many photos for suicide girls which is an alternative pinup and porn website, with models that are punk, emo, indiestyle girls, all representing a
refusal to conform which is equated with social suicide. Suicide girls is a term that stands for girls that don’t fit in any specific subculture
It s a paid membersite and the girls are models, 43% of paid members are women, all models are under contract, but the community is also a very big part of it
Philip ‘s girl friend Apnea has her own website

Corinne Day (via Helen)
She is part of the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery: The Face of Fashion. She is a british photographer, who came into photography through friends, when she was working as a model in Milan she started photographing her mates, models that were not wealthy, they were leaving in squats.
Her first book is diary, in the same same style as Nan Goldin, is about the youth culture ‘s double life, glamorous working day life as models, and living in squats and doing drugs at night. She was the first female photographer to work for Face magazine, its a plain natural vision, and her style became associated with Kate Moss whose photographs by Corinne helped her to launch her career.

David Lachapelle (via abdhee)
David lachapelle mixes surrealism with subculture’s research, most famous work was romeo & juliet for h&m , and he is a good example of someone working across a range of media from photo to video.
One of his most famous image is the one of a woman addicted to diamonds as a critique of the exploitation of the african diamonds export business. He also worked with hip hop music style for jayzee’s album.

gavin watson (via thomas)
found through the youth culture photographic library, specialised in global youth culture, lifestyle and music.
Gavin’s blog on my space
He started photographic skinheads in the 80s, and in 1994 published Skins;
Issues: how the mods were hikjacked by the middle class in the 80s
he was 14 when he started photographic skins, from the inside out as opposed to coming in as an outsider.
he was a skinhead himself
An interview where watson comments on all the connotations with being a skinhead

simon wheatly (via paul)
paul found simon wheatly though an online search. he’s from singapore and move to budapest and later london and started to take photos of the grime scene mostly in east london.
they have a cinematic feel about them

ric kosick (via helen)
he is a professional skateboard photographer
works w/ skateboard magazines (big brother etc) and skateboard videos

Pantelis Prodromou (via lee)
lee presents a 25 yo photographer 1st photo project about coming out now titled journeys
he photographs drag queens, fashion excentrics and make up excessives
he works professionally for photo magazines, most of his work is gay subculture orientated,erotic or homoerotic
lee is also photographin gay clubs for

kaarel nurk (via karel)
An estonian photographer with a psychology background , documents daily life in Tartu, the photos are in his blog and they document youth culture in a little town in estonia
he uses a snapshot aesthetics

Filed under: youth culture

week 05

today’s session:

1-presentations: photographing youth culture

2- finalising the ‘visible cultures’ online archive.
compare flickr ‘visible girls’ set with other online archive, for example: Designing Britain 1945 – 1975 > Student Response Bank
and add the information required to fully contextualise the project

3- upload the mp3 ‘conversations with the girls” to podcast page

3- preparing for session with anita corbin: today’s subcultures

Filed under: Uncategorized

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Key words: youth (sub) cultures, archives, performance, art, photography

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