THE WHO: Mods `THE WHERE: Mod Revival, Gijon, SpainTHE WHEN: 1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods `
THE WHERE: Mod Revival, Gijon, Spain
THE WHEN: 1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Bboy MorrisTHE WHERE: Peckham, LondonTHE WHEN: 2013
©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Bboy Morris
THE WHERE: Peckham, London
THE WHEN: 2013

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA


THE WHO: A skinheadTHE WHERE: Rebellion Weekend, BlackpoolTHE WHEN: 2011




©Hartnett/PYMCA

©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHO: Freddie GyamfiTHE WHERE: Shoreditch, LondonTHE WHEN: 2012

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Freddie Gyamfi
THE WHERE: Shoreditch, London
THE WHEN: 2012

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods dancingTHE WHERE: Mod Revival - Gijon, SpainTHE WHEN: 1998
©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods dancing
THE WHERE: Mod Revival - Gijon, Spain
THE WHEN: 
1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Stuart Wise, a Shoreditch SkinheadTHE WHERE: BrightonTHE WHEN: 1980s
©John G Byrne/PYMCA

THE WHO: Stuart Wise, a Shoreditch Skinhead
THE WHERE: Brighton
THE WHEN: 
1980s

©John G Byrne/PYMCA

THE WHO: ReneTHE WHERE: Bronx, NYTHE WHEN: 2011
©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Rene
THE WHERE: Bronx, NY
THE WHEN: 
2011

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

PYZINE is very proud to announce an incredible new photographer in our ranks, ©Paul Vickery. 

PYZINE is very proud to announce an incredible new photographer in our ranks, ©Paul Vickery. 

THE WHO: John Galliano & ModelTHE WHERE: LondonTHE WHEN: 1986
©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHO: John Galliano & Model
THE WHERE: London
THE WHEN: 
1986

©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Classic advert for subculture clothingTHE WHERE: UKTHE WHEN: 1970s
©Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Classic advert for subculture clothing
THE WHERE: 
UK
THE WHEN: 1970s

©Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

A date for the diary… 

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

POSING FOR THE BLAGGING BLOGGERS

London Fashion Week

12-16 September 2014

Culture and style are a symbolic aspect of our resistance, our determination, to be identified as different from others, to have something we can say that is our own, which sets us apart from others. 

Clothing can identify the wearer with a particular set of values, beliefs or interests, when executed in a genuine manner. People with real style know that being a show-off is naff.

Suzy Menkes, grande dame of couture journalism, recently remarked, ‘London is a perpetually renewable source of originality and quirkiness.’ Thanks, Suzy.

That sense of originality and quirkiness is not restricted to London only, clearly, but catwalking through the capital city you will very occasionally see a fabulous pick ‘n’ mix of raw-edged innovation alongside the identikit poseurs who are one gigantic DON’T at London Fashion Week.

The concept of street style is… now… somewhat dated, if not dead. It has become a circus for exhibitionists, away from grass roots ways of dressing. It’s all about ‘looks’, contrived for the cameras, all about a snapshot moment to push profile with a thumbnail-sized pic, pimping product placement with a desperate soundbite. Where’s the individualism in that?

This shambles known as street style is more about being publicised than it is about gritty edge, innovation or originality. PRs are at play during the feeding frenzy for blagging bloggers who nine times out of ten don’t know the difference between an early adopter and a lazy laggard, going with the flow. Where there’s affluence there’ll always be front row effluence and that’s miles away from being ‘down with the kids’.

Technology, the Internet, is killing trends before they can mature, gobbled up and Googled, spat out by WGSN and other FFs. The transmission of trends is often manipulative and exploitative, bringing a discreet cult to a swift end.

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THE WHAT: Alternative YouthTHE WHERE: Mexico City, MexicoTHE WHEN: 2013
©William Villafaña/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Alternative Youth
THE WHERE: 
Mexico City, Mexico
THE WHEN: 2013

©William Villafaña/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Northern Soul fansTHE WHERE: UKTHE WHEN: 1990s
©Jonas Unger/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Northern Soul fans
THE WHERE: 
UK
THE WHEN: 
1990s

©Jonas Unger/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

STREET STYLE ECHO

With the vintage photographs that I collect, I feel a strong link to the past, from the manner in which subjects were posed, right down to the basic photographic techniques that those largely unknown photographers adopted, similar to my own approaches, avoiding complexity.

Street-style photography, quite a different thing to street photography, resonates with tradition. 

The way subjects position themselves, pose for the camera, links them with the dawn of photography, the early days of studios, travelling tintypists, the craze for postcards on which family snaps could be mailed to friends and family.

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