First some stats, who doesn’t like a list?
18 months, 3000 images sourced, 35 contributors, 300 images used
100 Ideas That Changed Street Style is published by Laurence King today, and as the Picture Editor, I’m very proud of it!!
An authentic look at the history of street fashion and subcultures from the past 70 years, it is written by Josh Sims and contains images from photographers as diverse as Bruce Davidson, Allan Tannenbaum, Ewen Spencer, Liz Johnson-Artur, Shoichi Aoki, Roger Mayne, Rebecca Lewis, Bruno Barbey and Jamel Shabazz.
I was originally commissioned by Laurence King in August 2012, via Linked-In, you see Linked-In does have some purpose after all!
Thanks to the likes of photo libraries like PYMCA and Urban Image, sourcing youth based photos is easier than ever. However that’s not to say the task in hand didn’t have it’s own challenges: Paninaro, BCBG, Cholo, Trickle-Up, Commercialism, Kogal, Greasers, Reproduction, Metrosexual were just a few of the subjects that were, shall I say more difficult than others.
It’s a terrific book, beautifully designed by Roger Fawcett-Tang @ Struktur Design.
Here are some of my favourite spreads from the book.
Paninaro: it’s an Italian version of UK Casuals, only that the Paninaro were only found in one area of Milan during the 1980s, it was somewhat of a challenge to find these images, they are from Mondadori Portfolio. Thanks to Claudia Beretti for her invaluable assistance sourcing these images.
Funk: Awesome image of James Brown, shot in 1979 in New York by Allan Tannenbaum.
I love this spread on Body Building, Arnold Schwarzenegger hitting the streets, from Rex
Ganguro: from Japan. On the left, Shoichi Aoki and right, Eriko Sugita/Corbis
There’s another 93 amazing spreads in the book, so well worth putting in an order for it. Special thanks to the photographers who contributed images from their collections: Ewen Spencer, Rebecca Lewis, Liz Johnson-Artur, Allan Tannenbaum, Jamel Shabazz, Shoichi Aoki, Iorgis Matyassy, Kjeld Duits, Joe Bailey and Claude Estebe.
Additionally special thanks to the photo agencies that provided so much fantastic imagery for the book: PYMCA, Eyevine, Magnum Photos, Getty Images, Corbis, Press Association, Rex Features, Urban Image, Mondadori Portfolio and Mary Evans amongst others.
Read more about the book and buy it here
To see other examples of my picture editing and research, have a look here