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Last night I watched a really interesting documentary called High Society’s Favourite Gigolo on Channel 4 about black caberet singer Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson. He was a protege of Cole Porter and Britain’s first Black super star. The documentary shed light on attitudes towards black performers in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. Whilst he was embraced by the aristocrats he was often not even allowed to enter the venues that he played by the front door. Women loved him and he had high profile affairs with society ladies and royalty.
It’s a shame that most people haven’t even heard of him, he gradually fell out of favour in the 1960s when rock n’ roll emerged and he died penniless.
I want to find out more about this photographer: Harry Jacobs.
For over 40 years, from the 1950s until the late 1990s, Harry Jacobs worked as a commercial studio photographer in Stockwell, London, SW9. In this time, he took an estimated 60,000 photographs. Jacobs’compelling archive captures generations of individuals and families, their hopes and achievements.
Exactitudes at Selfridges, an exhibition that ran a few months ago, looking at style tribes and dress-codes such as pin-ups, toppers and mininas.
This Is England:
The film was aired on Channel 4 last night. I didn’t realise when I went to see it at the cinema but it is really influencing mainstream fashion at the moment. With Winehouse and Agyness at the forefront. Dr. Martens, Pork Pie hats, Plaid shirts and Fred Perry are all over Topshop and Urban Outfitters. My housemate commented that the south London Art college she attended was beginning to look like a “BNP convention.”
I’ve been looking at more photographers (which kind of tied in with my dissertation anyway)
Here’s one of my favourite photographs by Diane arbus.
I picked up this book at the weekend and I really like the images in it, it is a comprehensive visual record of Black style in London from the past 50 or so years. I really like the fact that it focuses on a variety of different subcultures as well as events that we all know today such as Notting Hill Carnival (an amazing place to watch people try to outdo each other with the tightest shorts or the most intricate of hairstyles.) It even focuses on the garage scene of the late 90s, something I can relate to.
Click the photo to see more Sapeurs, by Héctor Mediavilla.