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93 Magazine launch

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WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2015
@ SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – 8PM

“What we did then and who we are now.”

Young creatives, the 90’s generation, they’ve got their shit together.

It is rare that these days, any young artist, photographer or writer will have their work published as a physical form. The industry has dramatically changed, as our desire to have everything so immediately and at our convenience, has meant many magazines have struggled with online competition and ceased print all together. However recently, tangible publications with more depth and statement have come about. They have created a new enthusiasm for print and a revival of what the magazine should really be. Each one different and just as unique and interesting as the next. 93 utilises social and online media to support the printed publication and the artists involved, without discarding any anticipation for the physical copy.
93 is about the 90’s generation, for the 90’s generation. A celebration of talent and creativity, and an opportunity to get your work on some really nice paper.

Find out more here. Event details here.

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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

There’s just five days and counting until the Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition closes its doors after an extended run at Somerset House. If you’re in London and can make it past the fashion pack (and the photographers baying for their blood) hanging around the place over the next few days for LFW, the retrospective is definitely worth a visit.

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Beginning his career in the mid-‘50s and honing his expertise under the guidance of Man Ray, Bourdin is renowned for a high-shine, high-fashion, highly-saturated aesthetic and notably, the distinctive narrative that runs throughout his work.

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As well as these stylised final images, the exhibition offers a chance to see the work behind the images – from the Polaroid test shots, contact sheets and composition sketches, to the Super-8 shorts he made throughout the shoots, including one never-seen-before film.

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The exhibition is at Somerset House until Sunday. Tickets and more information are here.

‘Polaroids’ Andrew Reynolds, 71a London 30th – 31st October 2014

And now we are pleased to introduce you to a new contributor to Dirt Cheap, Rich ‘RT’ Taylor a multidisciplinary artist from Northern England, now based in London. He will be contributing his musings, reviews and artwork from now on, we think you will dig his stuff. First up a look at Gallery 71a’s new show ‘Polaroids’ by Andrew Reynolds…

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Firstly, having only been moved to London very recently I can already say Gallery 71a has some awesome exhibitions. The previous show, ‘Artist Beer Visions’, showcased a number of artists and illustrators. On the opening evenings the venue tends to get very busy with a crowd of completely different people at each event. This time was the opening of the show ‘Polaroids’ – photographs by Andrew Reynolds.

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The series of Polaroid pictures capture the young life of the professional skater in Florida. Reynolds took most of the pictures inside his home where, evidently, he and his friends had some good times. Although initially Reynolds had no plans to showcase these pictures, or become an accredited photographer at all, it was through this personal documentation of experiences and memories, that people from all over the world can relate to the snapshots shown.

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The venue was packed with skaters and other creative people, and the whiskey chasers were flowing. Everyone analyzing the pictures; pointing out the people and discussing similar stories they’d had. In this way there was a sense of nostalgia (especially with the Polaroid format) and community as people connected with the photos, which is what makes these images so successful.

Words and Photos by RT

Red Container

During a May sunny day, bring together: red paint, kids, a white container house…

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The rest of the photos can be found here.

Follow 5 – Instagram

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Who: guymckinley

Why: Really good character design and general illustration.

 

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Who: filthyclub

Why:  Brilliant small(ish) brand, with excellent photography.

 

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Who: bigghostltd

Why: For Hip-Hop related jokes

 

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Who: lazyoafs

Why: Because they’re killing it on the Pop fashion, and their shoots look great.

 

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Who: _goodchild

Why: Stark, bold graphic paintings and imagery.

Wild Style Breakbeats

Some of you may have heard of or seen the seminal Hip-Hop movie Wildstyle, now comes a new project from super talented Kenny Dope (one half of Masters At Work) & his label Kay-Dee, the first in a series of forthcoming publications; if this first edition is anything to go by then the series will be highly coveted by music and book aficionados alike.Wildstyle04

With the correct background and respect for the genre, Kenny Dope has done an excellent job, the music and the surrounding book both bring ‘new’ elements to the audience, with the songs being re-EQ’d from the original tapes, instead of rehashed from what was currently available, and the times and music recounted by people who actually made the genre: Fab 5 Freddy and GrandWizzard Theodore among those interviewed.

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Listen to some of the music on Kenny Dope’s Soundcloud here.

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The book features the following elements:
• 13 songs total, spread out over seven “big hole” 45s (each with a different label color).
• Re-EQed audio with re-edited / extended audio versions of each song, modified from original source tapes.
• Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens of images – from “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn, among other sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein and GrandWizzard Theodore.
• The 14th side (the B-side of the seventh 45) features unique etchings with different “Wild Style” graphics.
• Unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – all seven 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages.

Wildstyle11 (2)editApart from being a great resource and well researched piece this is clearly going to be an item you will keep, display, enjoy for years to come – Just the cover is enough to get any Hip-Hopper excited!

This is a piece of Hip-Hop history, presented in the way that befits the culture.

Purchase it in the UK here, In the US you can buy it here.

Sound System Culture

Sound System Culture is a book which documents Huddersfield’s rich history of reggae music, in particular the sound systems and Blues parties/Dancehalls of the 1970’s – 80’s. Featuring a selection of superb photography which gives a rare, insiders look at the people and indeed the beautifully hand-crafted equipment which powered the scene; this book is a real gem.

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The  book has been very well received, with reviews in major publications such as The Independent and in respected culture blogs such as It’s Nice That, and with good reason, the book has been produced with a real reverence and attention to detail, not surprising when Al Newman’s (designer/publisher) previous books include the revered ‘Clarks in Jamaica’.

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Conceived by Mandeep Samra and written by Paul Huxtable (Axis sound system, and Valv-a-tron hand-made valve amplifiers), with wonderfully intimate photography, the book is equally enjoyable to the uninformed and audio-geek alike.

As well as the book the project has featured an exhibition and a documentary film, view the trailer for the forthcoming documentary ‘Sound System Culture’ follow their videos here.

Find out more over on the Sound System Culture blog here, follow more via Twitter or Facebook.


 

As an extra treat for you reggae fans, an interview with the legendary Winston Rodney aka ‘Burning Spear’ after his appearance at Cleopatra’s in Huddersfield in 1980.

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Beauté Sous le Pied (Beauty underfoot)

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Beauté Sous le Pied (Beauty underfoot) is a new exhibition of photography by Peter Cain.

cueB Gallery is proud to present ‘Beauté Sous le Pied’, a captivating new series of prints by photographer Peter Cain. In a departure from Cain’s usual landscape images, this collection focuses on the finer details of the world around us. It invites the viewer to take the time to discover the beauty that lies, often unnoticed, beneath our feet.
At first glance the viewer is transported through time and space, presented with alien-like landscapes which enthral and intrigue. It is only upon closer inspection, when one engages with the subtle nuances of the images, it becomes apparent that these spectacular, and seemingly vast, ‘landscapes’ are in fact closer than we think.
It is Cain’s suggestive approach to this series that allows the viewer to question their own perceptions of the environment they inhabit when confronted with the mystifying images.

Curated by Franco la Russa
Exhibition runs from 15th August – 14th September 2014

cueB Gallery
325 Brockley Road
London SE4 2QZ
www.cuebgallery.com

Belize – Ben Coletta

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Stunning portraits taken whilst travelling in Belize by Yorkshire-based photographer Ben Coletta, see more of his fantastic work on his Facebook group here.