Seeing as the Sport now publishes very little of the wilder fringes of night time London activities. I thought it was about time I started publishing all my random outtakes from different London clubs, bars and restaurants of girls behaving badly and occasionally well and general randomness as I come across it. The News of the World propelled elements of tabloid excess, for good and ill and hopefully we are not entering a too puritan age reminiscent of the film Dangerous Beauty (a most excellent ‘Confession’ by Veronica Franco towards the end.
Up until early 2006 I broke some great stories and was then temporarily disenfranchised, until now. After a period of introspection and broad analysis of the media I am keen to re-offer my own entertainment, news and creative endeavours…
One For One Club Girls
Movida Rickshaw Girls
Merah Party Girls enjoying the last of the night after the club closed. Happy Days:)
I exhibited some of my favourite news and entertainment pictures at the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery
The Exhibitors were myself, Kofi Allen, Alan Chapman, Paul Karslake, Marty Thornton and VITALIV at the InfamE show – Contemporary Celebrity Art show. InfamE explored the virtuous circle that exists between celebrities, celebrity photographers and artists, the media and the insatiable appetite of the audience for celebrity news, gossip and pictures. “There is an alliance between the photographers, the celebrities, the publishers and the readers of the magazines and the viewers of the programmes on television – you can’t separate any one of those pieces of the alliance.” Peter Howe the author of Paparazzi and a former editor of Life Magazine. On the surface at least, it works for everyone.
As Oscar Wilde famously said, “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”.
Probably the most celebrated adapter of the expression was another great wit from the Dublin literary scene, the Irish “drinker with a writing problem”, Brendan Behan. Behan’s infamously lively lifestyle meant that for him, more than others, there was truth in his opinion that: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary”, something that might be particularly relevant to some of the subjects in the exhibition.
InfamE features photographs, paintings, drawings, videos and digital representations of musicians, actors, sports stars, models and public figures.
Kate Moss in the car after the Mummy Rocks bash, the rock and roll fundraising event, organised by jewellers Garrard, raised funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Adam Ant last week lent his image in support of The Drawn Petition, campaigning for policies that prioritise the human rights, safety and social inclusion of people working in the sex industry. Last night Noel Fielding was also drawn in support of their cause.
The campaign, spearheaded by London artist Natasha Gomperts, consists of 1000 five-minute portraits including Adam Ants and Noel Fieldings and will be exhibited from Monday 29 March – Sunday 4 April at The Gallery, Shepherd Market W1 connecting the inspiration for artists including French artists Edouard Manet, Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Spanish artist Francisco de Goya etc for thousands of years.
Members of the public are invited to visit The Gallery in the week of the exhibition, to add their face to the petition in support of those who have to keep their faces hidden from public view.
For more information on the exhibition and petition, visit the campaign website.