“The world Watson depicts is so skillfully captured, giving an undeniable pull to these pictures....”
What started off as a small collection of photographs the 14-year-old Gavin Watson would take of his family and friends in Wycombe, middle England, in the 1970s and 80s would grow into one of the most important and influential photographic youth culture books of the last 20 years. Skins, published in 1994 and hailed by The Times of London as “a modern classic,” has shown its influence in such photographers as Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, and Ryan McGinley, as well as pretty much every kind of “youth” photography popular today.
Last year, having persuaded him to begin working again after a long period of self-seclusion, VICE Books was bequeathed Watson’s lost archives, hundreds of photos reaching deep into the lives of the subjects of his first book. Each photograph reveals an understanding and sensitivity that belies the sometimes brutal subject matter.
Skins & Punks is a singular retrospective complete with commentaries and oral histories. The stories behind the shots are shocking, hilarious, severe, and heartbreaking, and each gets behind what it was really like to be a rebellious workingclass youth growing up in the 1980s. This is documentary photography at its best, a stunningly intimate window into a cultural movement.
“Watson photographed from the inside, the only member of a provincial and isolated gang with a camera, only occasionally aware that his friends were part of a larger moment.... Some of his photographs are funny, some are tender, some are domestic. Many of them show skinheads smiling, others display a great vulnerability: young boys struggling for their place in an adult world. If there is aggression it is playful and uncertain. And in the background sits an unbeautified England of the 80s, a harsh depiction of extreme disunity.”
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Gavin Watson is an acclaimed documentary and portrait photographer. His natural eye for a moment in time and the stark, brutal honesty of the images he captured have made his collection of work one of the UK’s finest documentary portfolios. He has done work for many global companies including Dr. Martens, and his photos have appeared in countless music magazines, album covers, fashion bibles such as i-D and The Face, and numerous exhibitions.
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Descripción Vice Books, 16.10.2008., 2008. Estado de conservación: Gut. 144 Seiten Sofortversand! Gutes Exemplar, geringe Gebrauchsspuren, Cover minimal berieben/bestoßen, innen eher sehr gut; good – fine Immediate delivery in bubble wrap envelope! Good copy, light signs of previous use, cover/dust jacket has some rubbing/wear (along the edges), interior in good condition 160621arv54 ISBN: 9780955801525 Alle Preise inkl. MwST Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 873 25,8 x 25,6 x 1,4 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Nº de ref. de la librería 377800
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