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Abbey Street Studios launches the world’s initially ever awards to recognise the art of songs photography

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Abbey Street Studios launches the world’s initially ever awards to recognise the art of songs photography

The world’s most well-known recording studio aims to rejoice the spirit of new music scenes throughout the globe with the launch of the inaugural Abbey Road Studios Songs Images Awards (MPAs). The new party is the initially of its sort to recognise the art of new music pictures and will be judged by an esteemed global panel of industry creatives. Photographers of all levels will be honoured across a series of classes, kicking off with the Hennessy Championing Scenes Award – an open-entry class spotlighting the vibrancy of world-wide subcultures and the individuals documenting the gritty underbelly of these burgeoning scenes.

Among the judges is Simon Wheatley, an acclaimed photographer considered a single of the most significant chroniclers of London’s youth. He expended 12 years documenting grime lifestyle, and his ensuing guide Don’t Phone Me Urban! The Time of Grime, printed in 2010, has been hailed as a traditional of British documentary images. “I experienced no idea what was likely on, and I’m happy I failed to mainly because that gave me a purity which might have been compromised experienced I acknowledged I was capturing a thing precious,” Simon tells Inventive Boom.

“I was fascinated by the rawness of that aggressive sound emanating from decaying concrete blocks. It was the voice of an underclass, Thatcher’s unwanted children residing in a harsh individualistic globe wherever the principle of ‘community’ had turn out to be so threatened. But inspite of that individualism, there was a legacy of togetherness that a single does not see any more. The youth clubs were being packed with people congregated in stairwells, avenue corners and squares. I overlook that. The smartphone has heightened that individualism and made us a lot less communal. What has not transformed is the chaos of peoples’ life.”

© Simon Wheatley



© Simon Wheatley

© Simon Wheatley



© Simon Wheatley

Due to the fact those people days, Simon has continued his operate all-around the grime scene, as a photographer and filmmaker, and 2022 sees him getting ready to release a much more in depth e book that will go over the genre’s evolution up to the existing working day. In 2018, he was invited to be the in-household photographer at London’s Abbey Highway Studios.

Also on the Championing Scenes judging panel is the renowned British photographer and director Rankin, Ghanaian-American artist and multidisciplinary inventive Moses Sumney, East London’s visionary musician and DJ Shygirl, famous images and Rockarchive founder Jill Furmanovsky, revolutionary audio photographer Dana Scruggs, Rolling Stone Deputy Image Director Sacha Lecca, and Abbey Street Studios MD Isabel Garvey. As the classification sponsor, Hennessy will award the Championing Scenes winner a package of assistance, like the chance to collaborate on an global job with the model in 2023.

“I am interested not just in the tunes by itself, but exactly where it really is coming from,” Simon claims of the Awards. “Subcultures emerge from cracks in culture, and that is what fascinates me most. Grime mirrored a youthful discontent, and when I started to listen to it, I wished to seize the put of angst and alienation from which it sprung. I think that a documentarian of musical subculture ought to expose the social texture of the audio. I’m thrilled to celebrate the insights of other photographers into the actions they chronicle. Grime was a terrific journey – for me, which is what photography has normally been about.”




Together with the Championing Scenes category, the Awards invites rising and set up photographers from throughout the world to enter a few further more open up-entry categories: the Studio Photography Award will rejoice photographs that capture the magic that transpires when musicians come jointly to generate, experiment or report a Live New music Images Award for visuals documenting live tunes times in 2021 and the Undiscovered Photographer of the Yr recognising the ideal rising, unsung talent.

Entries for the Audio Photography Awards are now open and can be entered by photographers at all levels of their job via the formal internet site until eventually midnight on 21 March 2022. The winners of all nine groups will be unveiled and celebrated at an formal ceremony on Saturday, 14 Might 2022, hosted at Abbey Highway Studios.

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