We’re back for another installment of “The Idle Man Recommends…” and this week we're bringing you the dynamic work of photographer, Ewen Spencer.
Starting out his career shooting for iconic magazine titles such as Sleazenation and The Face, Spencer photographs at the front line - if not in the very centre - of youth culture and has extensively documented thriving subcultures such as the UK Garage. His in-your-face/fly-on-the-wall photographs of the sexy and flamboyant UK garage scene at its height resulted in a published book, 'UKG', released last year as well as a short film he shot alongside, titled "Brandy and Coke." being aired on Channel 4. "Brandy and Coke" was also recently nominated for a Lovie Award.
As well as the publishing of 'UKG' in 2013, Ewen has an extensive library of self-published books, profiling social documentary work on young people across Europe in a series of 'zines titled 'Guapamente' as well as following The White Stripes for four years as they toured in 'Threes a Crowd'. This guy has seen it all.
Spencer's work is bold. Larger than life. You might also recognize his work from the original Channel 4 advert for the first series of Skins and has recently collaborated with Smirnoff on their most recent advertising campaign. He follows tribes of people and fully immerses himself into the middle of whats going on; the result being an honest, intimate documentation of the people he surrounds himself with.
We present to you here, a selection of images from his internationally acclaimed 'UKG' book.
If you want to see more, check out the rest of Ewen’s impressive portfolio here