Art October, 1 2012

Photographer Ewen Spencer – England’s Dreaming Exhibition

British photographer Ewen Spencer digs deep into his archive for this latest exhibition. Having began his career shooting for the likes of i-D, The Face and Sleazenation, Spencer quickly became known for his work capturing youth culture and a specifically English collection of tribes. Going on to work for the big guys, Nike, Sony…as well as ongoing projects with The White Stripes and The Streets, Spencer returned to those early themes, shooting London’s Grime scene for the ‘Open Mic’ series and exploring gang culture for work comissioned by Massive Attack. Shot over 15 years, this new exhibition revisits old work, still as relevant as ever. “I never wanted to make pictures through broken windows. The pictures I began making were a celebration of Britain’s young. I intended to visually paraphrase the famous dictum of The Who’s manager Pete Meaden on Mod culture: “Clean living under difficult circumstances””

Leeds White Cloth Gallery form 4th October 2012 – 13th November 2012. The exhibition is free to attend, with opening night event tickets purchased here, all proceeds go to Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.