GAVIN WATSON - PROJECTS

What started off as a small collection of photographs the 14-year-old Gavin Watson would take of his family and friends in Wycombe, middle England, in the 1970s and 80s would grow into one of the most important and influential photographic youth culture books of the last 20 years. Skins, published in 1994 and hailed by The Times of London as “a modern classic,” has shown its influence in such photographers as Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, and Ryan McGinley, as well as pretty much every kind of “youth” photography popular today. 


SKINS

The single most important photographic record of this unique subculture is Gavin Watson's Skins. The scores of black and white shots offer a fascinating glimpse into a skinhead community that was multi-cultural, tightly knit and above all else, fiercely proud of their look.  READ MORE


SKINS & PUNKS : LOST ARCHIVES 1978-1985

Skins & Punks is a singular retrospective, the stories behind the shots are shocking, hilarious, severe, and heartbreaking, and each gets behind what it was really like to be a rebellious workingclass youth growing up in the 1980s. READ MORE


RAVING '89

In 1989, Gavin Watson went from being a documenter of skinhead culture to being one of the only people who managed to operate a camera through the ecstasy haze that enveloped England that year. READ MORE


PLAN B

Gavin Watson has gained exclusive access to Plan B, shooting him on stage, off stage, back stage, in the recording studio, on guard, off guard and on set. Gavin's iconic subcultural aesthetic meets a perfect match for both Plan B's promotional imagery and backstage documentary. READ MORE