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Curatorship Task - Draft One
Room 1: BEN WATTS
- Watts was born in London, England 1967.
- He was a student at the Sydney College of Arts from 1985-1990.
- He started his photographic career in Australia as a photographer's assistant but started taking on his own commissions.
- Fascinated by American hip-hop culture he came to New York in 1990 and started documenting urban youth in the streets and clubs.
- He has shot for Australian Elle and Vogue and since moving to New York in 1995 he has done advertising campaigns for Nike, Jockey, Polo Ralph Lauren , Sony Music and many more.
- His work has been published in GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Elle, which are only a mere few among many other well known magazines.
- At the same time he has contributed to several group exhibitions in New York including 'Art in Photography'.
Room 1: OWEN HARVEY
- Owen Harvey is a photographer based between London and New York
- He is known for his photography in youth and subculture, documenting individual identity and social groups
- Harvey's work has been featured in The Photographer's Gallery, Vice, i-D Magazine, Darwin Magazine and The British Journal of Photography
- Editorially he has captured images for Farah Menswear, Fred Perry, Time Magazine and Financial Times Magazine
- He has won many awards between 2012 and 2015, such as Royal Photographic Society Touring Exhibition (2015) , Magnum Photos & IdeasTap Award (2013) and CREAN Graduate Showcase Award (2013)
Room 2: ANITA CORBIN
- Corbin began photographing in the early 80s with her series 'Visible Girls'
- She graduated from the Royal College of Art and was finalist in the Sunday Times/Nikon scholarship of 1981
- She spent 15 years covering 'human interest' stories for The Sunday Times and The Observer
- She has been commissioned by Time Out, the RA magazine, Design, Elle and New Society
- Her portfolio consists of award-winning documentary work for housing charities, health trusts and the British Council
- Editorially she has a portfolio of images of Bob Hoskins, Joely Richardson, Peter O'Toole, Alan Bennett, Bono and Mica Paris
- She also founded the website 'First Women' that looks at feminism through photograph, looking at women in the UK who were 'first' in their field of achievement
Room 2: JANETTE BECKMAN
- Beckman is an English documentary photographer born in London and living and working in New York.
- She discovered art in her secondary school King Alfred School in Hampstead, then spending three years at London College of Communication studying photography.
- Her career began when she started photographing the punk scene in England and New York in the 70s and 80s.
- Beckman was prolific from the beginning of her career as she was widely published and continues to be, as she photographs new bands and other subjects.
- She has four books that explore music and cultures from 1977-1983, rap and hip hop stars, hispanic gangs and race predominantly in the end of the 20th Century.
Room 3: SONYA KYDEEVA
- Kydeeva was born in Moscow, Russia in 1988.
- She belongs to the generation whose adolescent years coincided with the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia becoming more western in the process.
- Kydeeva's photography is unique as she is friends with her subjects rather than being just an observer.
- She is inspired by Russia as she is deeply rooted within her country's background.
- She is interested in language, history, space, people and culture.
- She has made photography books, photographs for Dust magazine which is where a lot of her work is displayed.
- Dazed magazine refers to her work as photography of 'Contemporary Russian youth culture in an area of artistic experimentation.'
Room 3: SIMON WHEATLEY
- Wheatley dallies in film and photography
- He has 8 films on his portfolio based in London, Hong Kong and Calcutta
- He is author of the book 'Don't Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime.', documenting London youth from 1998 to 2010
- His second book is called 'Liberal Limits' a documentary of sporadic stays in the city of Amsterdam
- He also documented the suburban riots of 2005 in France
- He is currently engaged in a long-term documentary project in India
- For future projects he has began experimenting with music for his films and digital editions
- Wheatley travels a lot for his photography and his projects are captured over a long period of time