A panel discussion will take place on Tuesday 12th July (7pm – 8pm) with the photographers discussing their work in context of East London nightlife and the energy driving their work at that time. The discussion will be introduced and led by respected cultural commentator, writer, DJ and all-round music aficionado Bill Brewster.
Profits from the sale of exhibition prints will be go to Night Time Industries Association and Museum of Youth Culture.
About the Exhibition
Celebrating the importance of nightlife and self-expression in the wake of relentless club closures, Origins East harks back to the defining days of rave culture, acid jazz, and bhangra.
Origins East celebrates the influential role of late 80s British rave culture and its evolution into 90s nightlife and its part in the awakening and regeneration of Shoreditch and Hoxton Square, an area once described as a ‘derelict urban wasteland’, Exhibited at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, this photography exhibition delves into the unique energy that forged a creative pilgrimage east.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has seen its fair share of music history since opening its doors in 2001 and significantly, is also next to the site that once held the pivotal ‘Blue Note’ club – a venue defined by relationships with seminal label figureheads like James Lavelle, Goldie and Gilles Peterson throughout the 90’s.
Showcasing an arsenal of prolific youth culture photographers from YOUTH CLUB Archive Dave Swindells, Gavin Watson, Adam Friedman and Teddy Fitzhugh, Origins East is just as much a celebration of free expression as it is a call-to-action for future partygoers.
About the Photographers
More than just a voyeur, Dave Swindells has turned his camera on nightlife in London and beyond since 1984. As the Time Out editor for Nightlife from 1986 – 2009, his work is a fascinating insight into the trends, attitudes and nuances of London’s clubbers. Evocatively shooting the emergence of the rave scene in the late 1980’s Dave’s work follows the journey from the wild attitude of rave to the night time antics of modern day.
A High Wycombe lad armed with a camera, Gavin began photographing his brother Neville in the early 80s, going on to unwittingly document one of the most misunderstood youth subcultures. Tender portraits and spirited adolescent friendships take us from the British skinhead scene through a transition to 90s rave culture and on to Gavin’s contemporary work as a practicing photographer.
Moving back to the UK from New York in 1987, Adam immediately found himself attracted to club culture and the beginnings of House music alongside the emerging Jazz scene – “which seemed like a shining light in the wasteland of Thatcher’s Britain”. Adam began shooting nightlife for ID, The Face, Blitz and Metropolis and later for Q Magazine and Mixmag. Adam recalls, “The Blue Note had a lot going for it. Norman’s Monday night session was a family affair where people came from all over, different backgrounds classes and cultures, to hang out and dance. I remember that there was a great openness and curiosity to different kinds of music back then, and if you were into one night at the Blue Note, you were properly going to like all the others.”
Teddy Fitzhugh is a club photographer shooting modern club scenes with a traditional sensibility. The UK-born, and New York based, Teddy has compiled seven years’ worth of shots of friends and revellers at London nightspots into his series Club Archive. Shot between 2008 and 2015, Teddy’s work touches on a carefree and often tender side to club culture.
YOUTH CLUB is a non-profit organisation working to preserve, share and celebrate youth culture history through a passionate network of photographers and creatives. Incorporating the PYMCA archive of over 300,000 youth culture images spanning seven decades and a tapestry of subcultures, YOUTH CLUB celebrates youth culture through curated events, exhibitions, collaborations and consultancy.
Nightlifematters supports and celebrates UK night culture and is a nationwide movement designed to raise awareness on many of the key issues currently impacting this. Established by the NTIA the campaign is building a wave of support from fans across the country, all of whom are shared stakeholders in the night time. To join the movement go to www.nightlifematters.com and sign the petition or tweet why #nightlifematters to you. With each signature an automatic message is sent to your local councillor expressing support.
About Museum of Youth Culture
YOUTH CLUB works towards its goal to open the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture in London by 2020. Recognising the UK’s pioneering role as a world leader in youth culture and self-expression, the museum will celebrate our rich tapestry of social movements, subcultures, sounds and styles that span the generations and genres of post war Britain to modern day. Museum of Youth Culture will open a permanent space to house photography, ephemera and oral history alongside a rich educational programme with the aim to connect and inspire future generations of the importance of youth culture, self-expression and culture conservation.
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