SUB CULTURE – IAIN MCKELL
Our dear friend Steve at the truly extraordinary independent publisher WILDLIFE PRESS, based in LA, is this time representing a new title – Iain McKell’s cult 1979 book Sub Culture.
Repackaged with a signed bromide print in a custom folder and screen printed poly bag.
“Iain McKells revered ‘Sub Culture’ book focuses on the UK’s 2 Tone movement during the years 1978/79. Initially intended as a self published portfolio for connecting with photographic agencies and galleries only a small number of the original copies were sold to the public through the legendary Claire de Rouen in London at that time. The rest then sat in Iain’s archive while the few in circulation garnered cult status in the secondary market trading from dealer to collector.
Iain’s introduction to skin head culture came in the late 1960’s at the tender age of 14 via the terrace’s of his local football team. Soon after he was running with his own crew donned in mohair trousers and listening to ska music. It wasn’t until ten years later, after graduating from Exeter Collage of Art, that he started to document the scene’s second wave, which was a twist on the original skin head style called ‘2 Tone’. Sub Culture features shots taken on day trips to Southend, the streets of East and North London, a squat in Kings Cross and at the cult clothing shop “The Last Resort” on Brick Lane.”
Iain McKell’s remarkable photography saw the early capture of underground subcultures. He lived it! Additionally, notably Nick Knight was assistant to McKells early on in his career.