Currently based in New York, Teddy Fitzhugh is a Derbyshire-born photographer that turns his investigative lens towards identity, youth, subcultures and the nuances of everyday life. Spanning portraiture, documentary and commercial projects, Teddy has lent his hand to various personal endeavours and commissions from clients such as Nike, Champion, Puma, Adidas, Vogue.com, Hunger and the Financial Times.
We were first drawn in by the work of Teddy way back in 2012, when he released his Have Fun Always series and exhibition that saw London nightlife documented in all its raw, unrefined glory. The collection of 24 black and white photographs depicted the photographer’s utmost ability to capture the essence of a gig and night out in the city – so much so that we featured him again in 2015 for his Club Archive series, where he captured seven years’ worth of British nightlife. Speaking to It’s Nice That about how the project came about, he tells us how clubs had a “unique environment” that he was instantly drawn to, and something he fell into naturally after moving to London.
Marking his niche, the nightlife scenes have been parked for the meantime as Teddy launches his brand new zine, Great British Windows. Aptly named in correlation with its content, the zine features a cluster of, you named it, British windows. “Great British Windows was shot earlier in the year while visiting family in Plymouth, Devon,” says Teddy. “It wasn’t a project I set out to do, but like many ideas, it came from walking with a camera.” A decorated peacock is on display in a well-pruned garden with its window modestly nestled behind, while another scene sees a window bursting at its seams – a result of the piled-up clutter housed within. These are familiar scenes of house exteriors that surely every Brit will recognise in some form or another.
“I had a week to myself in the city and, perhaps living abroad now, there was something about outside facades and window sills of these houses that felt distinctly familiar and like home – providing a peak into the personality of a tenant,” he says. “But really that was it, I shot the images and forgot about them.”
Before revisiting this body of work, Teddy was asked by Ollie Shaw of Catalogue, a creative practice established with Tom Pratt, if he had anything to publish for the upcoming NY Art Book Fair that took place this month. “Those images came to mind as something that could work in zine format, “ he continues. “I trust and love the work Catalogue do and I wanted the zine to feel like a slow wander down a street, and they led the format an design with this great little ‘GB’ sticker on the front.”
Indeed a quaint meander down your typical British resident neighbourhood, the series is simple, repetitive, but all the while wonderfully nostalgic. Sure Teddy will revert to his usual documentation of British nightlife, but this steer away to the scenes and exteriors of the places in which his clubbers could have lived has been a pleasant detour.
About the Author
Ayla was an editorial assistant back in June 2017 and has continued to work with us on a freelance basis. She has spent the last seven years as a journalist, and covers a range of topics including photography, art and graphic design. Feel free to contact Ayla with any stories or new creative projects.