Last day recap: London Street Style with Mark Lebon
Few world renowned fashion photographers will tell you that they started their career sweeping floors in a building site, or that they had Boy George style looks for them before becoming a musician. But for our final instalment of citizen reports last week, British Fashion Photographer Mark Lebon spoke candidly about his early days starting out and how his career developed. It seems it was all a happy accident and he was surrounded by interesting creative people who were his friends, muses, subjects business partners and confidants. He has since shot some of the biggest names in fashion, music and film around – and he usually snapped them before they shot to fame.
Mark Lebon is a down to earth, fashion icon in his own right. At over 50 years old, he still seems to maintain a youthful artistic spirit and passion about London and the fashion scene. He shared his career path, taking guests on a journey through the London fashion scene of the late 80s and 90s from his enrolment in a Communication Course in the east end, to his early days working with i-D and The Face. He dabbled between film and photography, setting up his own production company early on. And he wore many hats throughout his early career – running night clubs, working as a fashion agent representing emerging designers, producing films and honing his photography skills. Throughout this he says his life has a sense of ‘controlled chaos’ as he hovered around the street scene in London. ‘Nick Knight [Show Studio] is my peer. We started out at the same time. I was always so in awe at how controlled he was and is’, explained Mark.
When asked about the evolution of photography and the difference between digital and film, Mark hands down prefers film. He loves shooting on paper. He also reminded guests that ‘hey, just remember, without electricity, digital cannot exist!’.
day eight recap: Street Style Photography – London and Beyond with Eddie Otchere
On Wednesday evening, for our final Workshop session, photographer and LCC alum Eddie Otchere shared a history and commentary of Street Photography. He took us back to the late 1800’s and the ‘Flaneur’, the gentlemanly wanderer who strolled freely along the streets of Paris. It was this moment in history when we started capturing and recording street style. “Go out and lose yourself in the streets,” explained Eddie, as he shared a chronological photo history of street images. “Any snapshot taken now is just a snapshot, but think about it in 100 years’ time. It will tell a story and have meaning and context”.
Eddie Otchere himself an established street photographer uses the streets as a backdrop to capture his acclaimed images for the music industry, sports brands and club culture. He’s a native South Londoner and often inspired by that neighborhood and the music scene down there – capturing the colorful, local drum n’ bass culture.
Eddie shared a few of his favorite spots in London to shoot on the streets. He highlighted places like Monument where you get sweeping views of the city and how great it could be to visit every year and take a photograph of the sky line from the roof top to see how the landscape changes. Brunswick House Café is a cool and quirky place to capture interesting people and things. And you might like to pop into Silver Print, a camera shop in London Bridge that sells all kinds of photography goods.
To keep the ‘romance of photography’, Eddie suggested getting a disposable camera (£5!). “It takes great pictures and the process of having to get the film developed and not knowing what will come out is exciting”.
Why not assume the roll of the Flaneur and go out and show us your best street photos. It could be a piece of street art, a person or people engaged in conversation, a scene without human presence or anything of your choice. You can tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenm.com.
meet: Mark Lebon
Have you missed previous workshops and talks? Here is a recap:
Images from the Front Lines by Carol Allen Storey
Alternative London Street Sports by Dan Edwardes from Parkour Generations.
Everything is Art by Mr. Bingo
The Changing Faces of London by Homer Sykes
Street Food Revolution by Jamie Berger & Victoria Stewart
Tonight #citizenMreports is hosting the guest speaker fashion photographer Mark Lebon.
Mark Lebon is a world renowned artist and photographer A key contributor to the ‘Buffalo’ movement which embraced multi-cultural 1980s London and began to depict this diversity in fashion photography, Mark was one of the first photographers to snap the one and only Madonna.
He studied at West Sussex College of Art and Design and North East London Polytechnic and started his career working for magazines such as i-D and The Face. Since then his clients have included Rifat Ozbek, Katherine Hamnet, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. Mark Lebon also runs Crunch Productions, working in fashion, advertising, broadcasting, and music promotion. He currently teaches fashion photography at the London College of Fashion, as well as having contributed early photo blogs to showstudios.com, he has continued work as a filmmaker and photographer.
Join us tonight and hear from Mark Lebon on “London Street Style: out of the gutter, onto the page and into the street”, at citizenM London Bankside. There are few seats left, to sign up, email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com.
credit photo: Mark Lebon
update: workshop “Street Food Revolution”
Unfortunately, Ellie Grace will no longer be able to co-host the street food workshop with Jamie Berger. Read the original post about this workshop.
On the other hand, we are really pleased that food journalist and Evening Standard features commissioning editor Victoria Stewart is now co-hosting the event! Victoria has also just started a street food blog, http://londonstreetfoodie.co.uk, and is very enthusiastic about participating in #citizenMreports. While you can check out the blog, here is a short introduction from her:
During the day, I’m the features commissioning editor for the London Evening Standard newspaper where, amongst other things, I coordinate the food pages. I’ve always loved finding and eating street food but I think this is the year it’s going to take over the city.
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 7th August, for the workshop “Street Food Revolution: London’s changing food scene, from markets to food trucks and everywhere in between”, at citizenM London Bankside. This workshop is open to the public and free to attend, few spaces left. To sign up, email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com.
credit photo: Victoria Stewart
day four recap: Everything is Art with Mr. Bingo
An illustrator and graphic artist by trade, Mr. Bingo is always snapping moments of unexpected inspiration he finds on the streets of his East London neighbourhood. The Master of Pens, also known to many as ‘the Justin Bieber of drawing,’ spoke to a packed crowd yesterday at citizenM.
One typically thinks of art as something only found in a gallery or museum. Not so for Mr. Bingo, who believes there is an infinite supply of free art on the street all around us every day. He took the group through a slideshow of accidentally beautiful and funny found images he comes across on the street. With a little imagination, you can find ‘art’ everywhere, from amusingly dumped objects to funny signs. In Mr. Bingo’s world a pile of discarded furniture becomes the scene of house party, a stain on the sidewalk is the outline of an old man’s face smoking a fag, stacks of punctured cardboard boxes become a series of faces of shock and dismay, ‘buffing’ used to cover up graffiti can form amazing abstract patterns.
Next up for Mr. Bingo is the publication of a book of his infamous offensive postcards, Hate Mail, being released this autumn by Penguin, and you can check out more of his work at http://www.mr-bingo.org.uk/.
Show us what you find in the streets of London! Snap a photo of accidental art and anything out of the ordinary on the streets and tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenm.com.
But what is YOUR alternative sport? Get out there with you cameras or iPhones and take a look at all of the non Olympic sports happening in the streets. Tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com. We’re excited to share your reports here.
day two event recap: alternative sports
What is an alternative sport anyway? This was the question posed by Dan Edwardes at yesterday’s workshop. Dan is the founding member of Parkour UK, a physical discipline rooted in martial arts that involves running, jumping, vaulting and climbing within an urban landscape with a rapidly growing following of hundreds of thousands members globally.
With Olympic fever sweeping London, it seems like a fitting moment to think about what defines ‘mainstream’ and ‘alternative.’ Is it something non-commercial? Niche? Without rules? Non-competitive? The answer: none of the above. The audience for non Olympic sports actually far outnumbers what we see as more conventional sports, many of these have enjoyed huge commercial success and involve strict discipline and training.
So, get out your cameras and iPhones and take a look at all of the non Olympic sports happening in the streets of London. Whether its BMX bike polo or juggling, you might be surprised at what you find. Tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com. We’re excited to share your reports with the world.
day one event recap: Carol Allen Storey
citizenM Reports kicked off last night with a talk by acclaimed photojournalist Carol Allen Storey. A graduate of Central St Martins who counts Elliott Erwitt among her mentors, Carol spoke about her most recent project, ANGELS at the edge of darkness, which chronicles HIV positive women and children in Africa.
She sees photography as a powerful catalyst for change, bringing awareness to important issues that can have a real impact on people’s lives. The moving images she has created over her career are the result of establishing a close rapport with her subjects, relying only on natural light, never cropping, and most importantly, ‘always telling the truth.’
So what are Carol’s tips to capturing a great image to the citizen journalists out there? Look at the four corners, not just the centre; watch your stance and move around, vary your angle; be kind to your subject, think about the light, make them look good!
When she is not on assignment, Carol spends her time in Primrose Hill, a neighborhood that has maintained its charm and independent vibe. She is inspired by the incredible diversity of London, pointing out the walk along Regents Canal, which takes you from Regents Park to the waterway where you pass everything from Victorian warehouses to Camden Market.
To check out Carol’s work, visit http://www.rps.org/region/london/portfolio/1546-Carol-Allen-Storey/.