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Here 2014: Ewen Spencer

Photographer Ewan Spencer is a leading chronicler of British youth culture. After gaining notoriety in the late 1990s for his groundbreaking editorial work at The Face and Sleazenation magazines, he has spoken to an audience interested in subcultures, multiculturalism, music and fashion for the past 20 years.

His film projects including Brandy & Coke took us on a journey back to one of the most exciting eras of UK music and personal projects, UKG and Open Mic documented the rise of Garage and Grime. Images from both series were acquired by institutions as prestigious as The Courtauld Institute of Arts and Musee d’Elyse.

Ewan’s talk spoke through his time documenting music cultures that surrounded first Northern Soul Grime and UK Garage. He spoke frankly about a personal project which took him to the immigrant communities of southern Italy and how this led him back to photographing young people across Europe.

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Nalden is co-founder of super simple file transfer service WeTransfer, the event partners for Here 2014. He spoke about how he developed WeTransfer as a creative showcase, his love of design simplicity and he explained why it’s the coders who’ll inherit the earth.

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Mirko Borsche

Mirko Borsche is a hugely respected German graphic designer. He talked about his studio, where the whole team is encouraged to draw, and looked at his work for the Bavarian State Opera, where everything from the posters to the programmes are designed to make the art form more accessible.

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Marion Deuchars

Illustrator Marion Deuchars has a wide-ranging portfolio and has produced several books designed to creatively engage youngsters. Her thought-provoking talk questioned why children are discouraged from drawing and encouraged us to reconnect with the enjoyment of actually making things.

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Penny Martin

As editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, Penny Martin oversees one of the leading independent magazines around. She was interviewed on stage by It’s Nice That’s Rob Alderson about her mission for the magazine, her editorial values and the pressures inherent in the fashion world.

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Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob was a co-founder of the much-admired FAT architecture collective and is a very sought after writer and critic on a range of cultural issues. He gave an idea-rich presentation explaining the very essence of what design could and should be.

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Eric Yahnker

Los Angeles-based artist Eric Yahnker explores America’s social and cultural obsessions through his vibrant, provocative practice. He explained how lying about his basketball prowess got him a job on the South Park movie and he shared ten inspiring and important lessons about creativity.

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Marina Willer

Pentagram partner, graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer is an effervescent creative force. She spoke at Here spoke about letting the unexpected inform the aesthetic decisions we make and how anything from the amazing questions her kids ask her to pun-tastic shop names inspire her.

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Agi & Sam

Fashion design wunderkinds Agi & Sam have taken the London fashion scene by storm in just a few short years. Their charming and disarmingly honest talk took us behind-the-scenes of their much-vaunted label, from their early attempts at branding to their mentors (Paul Smith and their mums).

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Ewen Spencer

Photographer Ewen Spencer is a master at capturing youth culture, defining a whole generation’s aesthetic along the way. He talked us through his time documenting various music cultures and spoke frankly about a personal project that took him to the immigrant communities of southern Italy.