Whether a secret & sweaty new jazz night (where phones & camera’s on the dance floor are frowned upon) or the High Art of The White Cube; London’s art often remind me that there is so much power in expression; not least the work of the YBA’s such as Tracey Emin, which I’ve sort of grown up with.Read More
I’ve been speaking quite a bit over the past two years about photography, grime, youth culture, the early dubstep scene and contemporary music history and always really enjoy sharing my experiences with and passion for those subjects. It’s even better when I get the chance to have conversations with the audience because then it’s a two way thing!Read More
Here’s a photo that I captured of Skream pulling up a track that Loefah’s playing, taken at DMZ in May 2005.
©Georgina Cook 2005Read More
Sussex Wunt Be Druv - A WIP project about change, perceived or otherwise. By photographer Georgina Cook.
But them as comes to Sussex,
They mustn't push and shove,
For Sussex will be Sussex,
And Sussex won't be druv!
Last week I was invited by writer and now broadcast journalist Clare Considine to talk about my relationship to London music for her new show on Radio Primavera Sound “London Scenery.”
The show is on air at tonight (16th Jan) at 9pm UK time and 10pm Spanish time.Read More
I am delighted to have been invited by Youth Club Archive to London’s V&A museum this Friday, to talk about my experience photographing the early Dubstep scene alongside a projection of my images. The talk is part of a brilliant evening programme that celebrates electronic music in youth and subculture.Read More
Today I listened to the latest episode of Ben Smith’s A Small Voice Podcast which I would say is undoubtedly the best photography podcast out there. Why? Because in talking to so many different photographers, so much about the medium is revealed - why & how photographers pick up a camera in the first place & how their own experiences & perspectives are inherently tied to the images that they make, for example.Read More
I went to the Barbican Centre when I was a child, I’m sure of it, despite any evidence. I dreamt about it ever since - a dark staircase, labyrinthian balconies, golden faces, weird light.Read More
I lived in Paris for a few years, where I was fortunate to get to know some of the city's up and coming producers, DJ's and artist's. Once such person was Manaré - who as well as being highly creative, is a very nice person and a great person to photograph. It's rare gem meeting somebody so natural in front of the camera and I absolutely love this shoot which we did in the summer of 2011 in a small park near central Paris. In some of the shots, Manaré is modelling a t-shirt from his own label Noir Noir, which produces stunning pieces inspired by Art and Nature. It was an absolute pleasure to come across these photo's today, so I had to share them. I posted a few to give you an indication of the process involved in shooting people.Read More
I was very excited to hear that Mala (DMZ / Deep Medi) will be joining The Outlook Orchestra + guest vocalists at The Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre) this coming December.Read More
Border Control, or The Thin Layer Between Worlds.
There is no such thing as a weed.
In the run-up to Red Bull Music Odyssey event which happened on the 30th of June - the platform published a series of articles focusing on the photograph's and photographer's that helped to tell the story of some of the key genres and movements that in contemporary UK Music History. I was honoured to have some of my photos included.Read More
For anyone feeling like they're in-between a rock & a hard place.
Even flowers bloom in the cracks.Read More
It's quite a thing stopping people in the street or anywhere else in public and asking them for a portrait. I'm really only just learning to do it. It's completely different to asking people at events if they would like their portrait taken - generally people are used to seeing photographers at events and much of the time, welcome it. I decided to bite the bullet and start taking portraits of people in Hastings & St Leonard's, where I have lived since last year.Read More
Some photos from Full Flow event at Corsica Studios last month. Portraits of ERSATZ, East Man and A.G plus a few of the vibes from the club. I tried to capture some of the essence of what makes a club a club. I also captured some portraits of some of the LCC students in attendance at the event - they'll be posted at another time :).Read More
It's Valentine's Day and I remember that in 2006, I crowdsourced a loved-up Dubstep & Grime playlist from The Dubstep Forum to post on the Drumz Of The South* blog that I published at the time. So I thought I'd dig it out for you! It's a great alternative to the cheese! Happy Valentine's Day! Love GC.Read More
Here's a moment from the Who Want's A Rewind? installation at Tate Modern last week (Jan 26th). A moment when I looked up to see lots of people dancing in a dark room to amazing music playing on a solid PA.Read More
Throughout January, I had the huge pleasure of supporting the Graphic Media Design BA course at London College of Communication. The unit that I'm involved with is inspired by Jeffrey Boakye's Quietus article The Poet Laureate is up for Renewal: Could Grime Be The Answer and his subsequent book Hold Tight, a fantastically written exploration of Grime via 50+ key songs. The project is also taking in Paul Gilroy's essay attached to Eastman's latest release Red, White & Zero.Read More