To describe Ewen Spencer as anything less than a pillar of British counterculture would be to do him an extreme disservice. Having served stints at iconic magazines The Face and Sleazenation in the 1990s he has since watched the rise and fall of UK garage, documented the grittiest corners of grime, shot teenagers partying in Napoli and Ayia Napa and caught the best of European styling which has made its way over to Miami. He actually told us about some of it at our Here conference last year, and if you’re interested you can watch the full talk here.
Right now he’s concentrating on pushing his newest book, though; Open Mic Vol. 2 was published alongside his latest film of the same name. The limited edition publication features a bunch of previously unseen images taken between 2003 and 2005 of some of the pioneers of the British grime scene, and it’s scattered with interviews with some of the biggest names still out there.