Photo London

Room E3

12th May 2022 – 15th May 2022

We are exhibiting at Photo London this year, at Somerset House in Room E3, the work on exhibition is based around the series, and storytelling within that series.  It includes work by Steven Berkoff from his acclaimed series of East End Photographs, Ken Russell’s iconic series on “The Last of the Teddy Girls”, Derek Jarman’s Cannonization as St Derek of the Order of Celluloid Knights, Surrounded by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1991. The exhibition celebrates counter-culture  and  the importance of photography in capturing those moments.

Ed Sykes

Ed Sykes’ previously unseen and unpublished photographs, record the day that artist and film-director Derek Jarman was “Canonized”, Sunday 22nd September 1991, in his garden at Prospect Cottage, surrounded by close friends and accompanied by the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, he became “St. Derek of Dungeness of the Order of Celluliod Knights”.

“Sunday 22nd September 1991 was a clear, crisp day highlighting the stark beauty of Prospect Cottage and the Dungeness peninsula. The shrouded figure of Derek Jarman, accompanied by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, their habits billowing in the wind, made their way through the garden to an empty throne. It was here that St Derek was canonised surrounded by close friends in a ceremony full of warmth and love. From then on he became St Derek of the Order of Celluloid Knights of Dungeness.” Ed Sykes

Steven Berkoff

Born in Stepney, director, actor and playwright Steven Berkoff was given his first camera by “an enlightened cousin” as an 11-year-old boy. Ten years later his brother-in-law bought him an enlarger and showed him how to print his own pictures.

“Then one day somebody sold me a second-hand Rolleiflex and now I had an amazing machine. From then on I never stopped taking pictures. The camera became a way of communicating my feelings about sights and people. And I started to record the people who were part of my environment in the East End of London. The camera in many ways preceded the pen. The East End markets were always my playground and I liked nothing more than my weekly trip to Petticoat Lane. The East End was changing rapidly and I felt I had to record it before it vanished forever – at the time however I did not realise quite how fast it would disappear. The area was largely Jewish and this made it fascinating, since the early immigrants came with an amazing potpourri of cultures from a score of different peoples. For a while I lived in Anthony Street, off Commercial Road and just around the corner from the extraordinary Hessel Street, a bustling thoroughfare that could have been torn out of the Warsaw ghetto. It was a dense artery of Jewish life with chicken slaughterers, bagel sellers and delis selling that wonderful variety of Jewish food so adored by its passionate noshers. I’d go shopping with ma and be astounded by the clamour and the noise; the shouts of introduction from bagel sellers every few yards sitting with their huge sacks of Moorish circles of dough. I was fortunate enough to capture some images of that life before it faded away along with the people who made it so memorable.”

 

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff is an actor, director, and playwright. He has starred in many films including A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners, The Krays, The Flying Scotsman, PU-239, The Tourist and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. In 1968 he founded The London Theatre Group. Amongst the many adaptations that Berkoff has created for the stage are Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (while also playing the title role), Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, Acapulco and Brighton Beach Scumbags. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains and Requiem for Ground Zero, internationally. Steven has published many books on the theatre – I am Hamlet, Meditations on Metamorphosis and Coriolanus in Deutschland. Faber published Berkoff’s collected plays in three volumes, and The Secret Love Life of Ophelia. His most recent books include My Life in Food, You Remind me of Marilyn Monroe, Diary of a Juvenile Delinquent, ‘Tales from an Actor’s Life’.

 

 

Ken Russell

For more than 40 years, Ken Russell has directed some of the most provocative, controversial, and memorable films in British cinema, including Women in Love, The Music Lovers, Tommy, and Altered States. Lesser known is his working life as a photographer, which spans three intense years and crosses over into his early film career.

Before finding fame as a film director with Women in Love, Tommy and The Devils, Russell worked as a freelance photographer. His series “The Last of The Teddy Girls” explores the Teddy Girl subculture of London in the 1950s and captures the suits and slick backs that epitomise this genre.

Few people know that Ken Russell originally wanted to be a serious fashion photographer and tried to start by photographing Matti, the Swiss-born and London-based fashion designer known for his couture designs and, later, his ready-to-wear clothing and couture patterns. But as Ken himself admitted, he was hopeless and couldn’t connect with his subjects. His genius was to connect brilliantly with the Teddy Girls and boys and later with his actors, all of whom would do anything for him

When asked about his pictures of the teddy girls, Russell remembered “No one paid that much attention to the teddy girls before I did them, although there were plenty on teddy boys. They were tough these kids, they’d been born in the war years and food rationing only ended in about 1954 – a year before I took these pictures. They were proud. The teddy girls all dressed up were quite edgy and that interested me. They were more relevant and rebellious but good as gold. They thought it was fun getting into their clobber and I thought so too”

Carinthia West

I took a whole series of photographs of the night Jesse James Wood was born to Ronnie and Krissy Wood. We were partying at Woods’ Malibu Beach House when Chrissy went into labour, it was Mazzeo (Neil Young’s right-hand man) who turned up at the house with an old hearse, which he normally used to transport Neil Young and his guitars to gigs, but which neatly doubled as an ambulance that night. We beat all the speed limits to get to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Jesse arrived the following morning after a long night.

 

Philip Volkers

Dust to Dawn documents the visual adventures of Volkers at Nevada’s notorious festival, Burning Man, which he took over a 10 year period.Every year 75,000 people descend on a blisteringly hot alkaline lake bed in Nevada, to let loose and make art, few people are fortunate enough to experience a decade of Burning Man, one of the most extraordinary human gatherings in the world, but as official photographer, Philio Volkers has captured the many raw and spiritual moments from the festival over the past 10 years.

Volkers’ passion is the documentation of spiritual, hedonisitic gatherings and exploring the meaning behind them.

“I have always had a fascination with human gatherings and what first attracted me to Burning Man was that it is one of the only places on earth that transgresses commodification; a place where people from across the globe are stripped of social crutches such as mobile phones and gather to push themselves to the limit of survival and express.

Burning Man is a completely unique opportunity to see amazing art combined with cutting edge technology.

Having been part of Burning Man for 10 years, I have seen it evolve into the global phenomenon that it is today, but at its core the fundamentals of what Burning Man stands for remain the same, and Dust to Dawn, and the exhibition are my way of celebrating Burning Man and revealing a little of the magic that lies under the surface

After studying Indian Philosophy and Shamanic Studies at SAOS, Volkers forged his early career in fashion as an assistant at US Vogue, moving to become a stills photographer for the BBC during which he won the coveted Royal Photographic Society Award for Aspiring Photographers.

 

Marilyn Stafford

I have always been fond of stories, listening to them, telling them performing them, singing them. One way or another my life has been that of an observer and story teller”

Photo-journalist Marilyn Stafford, who now lives in West Sussex, was born in Cleveland Ohio, in 1925. She originally trained as an actress, at the age of 7 she was scouted to train at the Cleveland Playhouse Theatre, along with big names like Paul Newman. She then studied drama at university and went to New York to act, finding work off Broadway and in television.

Her photographic career began in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein for friends who were making a documentary about him. “The director gave me a camera and said you are going to be the photographer. I said I didn’t know how to take pictures. I had only taken them on a Brownie. So, in the car from New York to New Jersey, I learned how to use it.” This single experience set her on her future path. She went on to assist Francesco Scavullo, a controversial fashion photographer whose work has been published widely including in Vogue and Cosmopolitan “I was not really interested in that kind of photography, but that was where you could earn a living as a woman. I was interested in telling stories in pictures and showing the world to people as I saw it, maybe to make them see something and then act on it or enjoy it.”

In December 1948 Marilyn moved to Paris briefly singing with an ensemble at Chez Carrère near the Champs Elysees, and photographing for a Fashion PR Company. At the club she met Edith Piaf and also became friends with Robert Capa and during this period she was also introduced by her life-long friend the Indian writer Mulk Raj Anand to Henri Cartier-Bresson who encouraged her photographic career. “I often went out photographing with Cartier-Bresson – the time I photographed him, was at a household and appliance exhibition at the Grand Palais”

Marilyn photographed the neighbourhoods of the Bastille and Boulogne-Billancourt and her images of children from Cité Lesage-Bullourde near the Place de la Bastille are a very rare insight into the street children living in one of the city’s notorious slums. Demolished in 1984, it is now the site of the Paris Opera Bastille. Many of the negatives have been lost, but thanks to modern technology Robin Bell the renowned darkroom printer has created new negs and printed these historically important images for the first time in 67 years, creating an edition of silver gelatin prints.“I did these pictures long before I met Cartier-Bresson, I never showed them to him as I was very shy, but I felt honoured that he let me tag along, it was only after taking the Algerian pictures that I prevailed on him to help me select the pictures, that I would then send over to the Observer. These became the first front page pictures I had published”

 

Carinthia West

I took a whole series of photographs of the night Jesse James Wood was born to Ronnie and Krissy Wood. We were partying at Woods’ Malibu Beach House when Chrissy went into labour, it was Mazzeo (Neil Young’s right-hand man) who turned up at the house with an old hearse, which he normally used to transport Neil Young and his guitars to gigs, but which neatly doubled as an ambulance that night. We beat all the speed limits to get to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Jesse arrived the following morning after a long night.

Ken Russell – A Window On High Fashion – (Last of the Teddy Girls)

Ken Russell – Orphans of the Storm, Portobello London 1950s

Ken Russell -Last of the Teddy Girls, Laundry Lady 1955

Ken Russell – Allow Me (Last of the Teddy Girls) 1955

Ken Russell – In Your Dreams (Last of the Teddy Girls) London 1955

Richard Ansett – Grayson Perry – Birling Gap 2017

Richard Ansett – Grayson Perry – Big American Road Trip

Richard Ansett – Grayson Perry “Birth” 2018

Richard Ansett – Grayson Perry “Death”

Ed Sykes – David Jarman, St Derek of Dungeness, 1991

Ed Sykes – Derek Jarman (St Derek) Surrounded by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Dungeness, 1991

Ed Sykes – Derek Jarman and Sister. Dungeness, 1991

Ed Sykes – Derek Jarman and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Dungeness, 1991

Ed Sykes – Derek Jarman, with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Dungeness 1991

Ed Sykes – St Derek of Dungeness, 1991

Ed Sykes – Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, at Cannnonisation of Derek Jarman, Dungeness 1991

Ed Sykes – Derek Jarman Surrounded by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Dungeness 1991

Philip Volkers – Space Ship

Philip Volkers – Dust to Dawn – The Man

Steven Berkoff – Mr & Mrs Jack Waller in their Poultry Shop Leyden Street

Steven Berkoff – Hessel Street Shopkeepers – The Gypsy’s Curse

Steven Berkoff – Off Brick Lane – Laurence Cassar

Steven Berkoff – Mrs Jack Waller

Steven Berkoff- The Last Poulterer – East End Photographs

Steven Berkoff – Hessel Street – East End Photographs

Steven Berkoff – Brick Lane – c1969

Carinthia West – Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Bob Ellis – Cedars-Sinai Hospital , LA 1976

Carinthia West – The Long Night – #3

Carinthia West – Mick Jagger – The Diamond Smile -Malibu 1976

Carinthia West – The Long Night #2 – Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles 1976

Brian Duffy – Michael Caine Contact Sheet 1964

Terry O’Neill – David Bowie – Diamond Dogs Contact Sheet

Marilyn Stafford – Edith Piaf Smiling, White Dress Paris 1950

Marilyn Stafford – Places Vendomes – Paris, 1950

Marilyn Stafford – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Home Appliance Exhibition, Paris1950

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