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Behind the Beat Exhibition: A Celebration of Music & Photography

- 7 years ago

Curated by The Miniclick Photography TalksAli Tollervey and Spectrum and part of Brighton Fringe, Behind the Beat is a group photography exhibition exploring the movements and scenes over the last 50 years that have been defined by the fashion, music, politics and stories associated with them

Tracing a lineage through Teds, Punks, Mods, Rockers, Skins, Rudeboys, B Boys and Girls, Rave, Hardcore and to Grime, with plenty in between, the exhibition incorporates photographs from some of the UK’s most celebrated documentarians, including Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott, Derek Ridgers, Elaine Constantine, Ken Russell, Stuart Griffiths, Ali Tollervey, Gavin Watson, Olivia Rose and Paul Hallam.

Photo credit: Ali Tollervey

Image credit: Stuart Griffiths

In addition to the 10 artists, the exhibition also incorporates vernacular photographs and memorabilia submitted by the public and a unique new audio piece incorporating contemporary interviews with the faces from each scene, original news reports, documentary recordings and live music. As part of the exhibition, on Saturday, May 13th, there will be an afternoon of talks and discussion around the themes and scenes highlighted in the exhibition, featuring Gavin Watson, Derek Ridgers, Dean Chalkley & Harris Elliott, Stuart Griffiths, Paul Hallam, Ali Tollervey, Olivia Rose and Hayley Brown [Brick Magazine].

Founder of Miniclick, Jim Stephenson, told PhotoBite: “First and foremost, the lineup of photographers showing in this exhibition is incredibly exciting. We’re looking at selected scenes from 1955 to 2017 and when they’re all mixed in together, it’s fascinating to see the common ground and lineage they share. Equally fascinating though has been the contributions from the public, in photos, flyers, posters, records and clothing and in the interviews we’ve been doing with people who were there, in the thick of it.”

Photo credit: Derek Ridgers

Behind The Beat Exhibition Every weekend in May, 10 am to 6 pm Spectrum Photographic, Frederick Place, Brighton, BN1 4EA

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.