In the early 80s, teenager Gavin Watson got a Olympus OM1 camera and he quickly began taking photographs of his mates. Many of his friends lived their lives as a part of the skinhead or punk society, wearing rolled up Levi’s, cricket jumpers, Doctor Marten’s and Fred Perrys. After some years a collection of photos showing a subculture which was often misunderstood was published in the book Skins. A book that potrayed a group of people who was often considered as violent hooligans and racist ignorant white people. The book showed a different reality. It portrayed a cheerfull British working-class youth, boys and girls brought together by the love of fun and fashion. Today the photos have iconic status and are considered symbols of style, glims of English history.
Post created July 15, 2012
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