Baracuta Harrington Jacket

I am a big fan of the Harrington – always wanted a red one – had a blue one  – left it at some concert.  The Harrington jacket was worn by most everyone, punks, mods, skins, ska kids, in the UK. I photographed The Specials on the ‘Seaside Tour’ in 1980 – Jerry Dammers, a very stylish bloke, was wearing a red Harrington  jacket.

The first-ever Harrington jacket was created by Baracuta founders and brothers, John & Isaac Miller in 1937. The G9 earned the nickname Harrington because it was worn by the character Rodney Harrington (played by Ryan ONeal) in the 1960s television programme Peyton Place.

Baracuta showed some some of my photos at their fashion show in Florence last week. Two of my favorite DJ’s were playing Norman Jay and Giles Peterson, I’ve been listening to their  mixes for years. Just goes to show as always : Fashion and Music go hand in hand.

Diamond Jubilee Punks

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is this weekend. The Queen will float down the Thames in the Royal Barge followed by a flotilla of 1,000 boats. And on Monday there will be a jubilee concert with pop knights such as Paul McCartney, Elton John and Cliff Richard. ….errrm .. rock on Her Majesty.

It’s a bit different from the heady punk days of yesteryear when ‘Anarchy in the UK’ ruled the waves.

The Situationist

Today I met Jaqueline de Jong, she is a Dutch artist and was the editor of ‘The Situationist Times’ 1962-67. The Situationists were a huge influence on the likes of Malcolm McLaren and Jamie Ried and according to the ‘Professor of Punk’ Vivien Goldman the whole Sex Pistols phenomenon was a ‘Situationist’ prank.

International Center of Photography – my summer course

I am teaching a workshop on Youth Culture, documentary and street photography at the International Center of Photography in NYC this July. Everyone is welcome –  film and digital

I’ve been documenting street style and youth culture ever since I first spotted the ‘Islington Twins’ in the school yard of the college I was teaching at in London back in 1977. My blog is the Archive of Attitude and to my mind street style and youth culture express just that  – it is about the style and attitude (see my photo of ‘Mod Girl London 1976’ above)

Youth culture and street styles are important in the history of photography – photographer’s have been documenting them since August Sander first took photos of the working population in Germany in the late 19th Century, Danny Lyon shot bikers in America in the 1960’s and Jamel Shabazz shot the hip hop kids he saw on the street in New York in the 1980’s. Today photographers like Bill Cunningham at the NY Times and the Satorialist document current fashion on the street.

These days when every face on magazine covers looks ‘perfect’ – not a hair out of place, not a wrinkle – it is even more important to document and appreciate the amazing people we see everyday on the streets.

I shot this photograph of Run DMC and posse on the street where they lived in Queens in 1984.

Occupy Wall Street demonstration 2011

Claude Serieux in Paris 2012.

Stiff Little Fingers

Finding a kid for the cover of the Stiff Little Fingers single from their first album ‘Inflammable Material’ on Rough Trade Records was not easy. I decided that it should be a tough kid from a council estate or some such and went to South London to search for him.  After hours of walking the streets I spotted this kid, he was perfect.  It was getting dark and I asked him if I could take a photo. Later when the single came out his mum called up to ‘have a few words’ with the record company … but it all got sorted.

The Cramps, The Ramones & Kodak Tri X

Kodak declared bankruptcy today, we all knew it was coming, but it seems like the end of an era. Kodak Tri X black and white film enabled me to shoot bands like The Cramps (above) and The Ramones (below) in poor light, capturing them with that gorgeous grain and make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom.

I have a collection of old cameras like this Kodak 35 bought at a yard sale for a few dollars. First introduced in 1938 it was the first 35mm format camera produced by Eastman Kodak.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners & GI Blythe

The posse rides again – I shot Dexy’s Midnight Runners at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre in London in 1981 (above). Some members of the original band brought together by Geoff Blythe  just reunited to record at Blokhed Studio on Long Island. I just photographed  the new band, G I Blythe (below) for their new CD which comes out Jan 12th 2012. Geoff played with Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band – which is one of the first albums I ever bought.


Just made a print of this photo I shot of Motorhead in 1981. I remember Lemmy offering me some speed on the end of a screwdriver after I took the shot. Before he started Motorhead, Lemmy was in the band Hawkwind and worked as a roadie for the Jimmy Hendrix Experience.

Arthur Russell

Twenty years after its initial vinyl release by Sleeping Bag records in 1981, the late Arthur Russell‘s avant-disco album 24 -> 24 Music is reissued by the Traffic Entertainment Group, the box set features some photographs of Arthur that I shot for The Face.  Journalist Simon Reynolds writing for Melody Maker in 1986 said : “This is an impossible dance music, jumbling your urges. making you want to move in ways not yet invented .. a work of genius”

Arthur Russell was a shy genius – he did not like having his photo taken – and after some discussion, for no particular reason, we decided to make him a paper hat out of the NY Times.

Still so good to hear Arthur’s classics like Loose Joints ‘Is It All Over My Face‘ and ‘Wax the Van‘. The 4 x LP box set has hand pulled screen printed outer box and LP sleeves – it is a piece of art in itself.

Pam Hogg

Fashion designer Pam Hogg and a guy from the hood posing on Bowery a few years ago. Pam always had more rebel street style in her tattooed little finger than most.

It is Fashion Week in NYC, I’m excited about working on a new project with an eye wear company tomorrow.