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.