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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Photography: Who better to photograph backstage at the YouTube awards than Thomas Prior?

Who better to throw backstage at the YouTube awards than everyone’s favourite new photographer, Thomas Prior? Just as Wes Anderson films have slo-mo scenes and Elton John likes sending people flowers, Thomas’ signature is the force of explosives. Whether it’s people shooting the living daylights out of an abandoned car or daredevils messing around on windy beaches below airport landing strips, Thomas seeks out the bangs, pops and whooshes that make life exciting. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Vice got him to go and photograph backstage at the very first ever, and already somewhat already legendary, YouTube awards. He even manages to make the cameramen look like stunt doubles.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.

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Thomas Prior: Backstage during the first annual YouTube Music Awards. Shot for Vice Magazine.