Vipoh: an ex-gang leader opens up

In Adam Patterson's & Sam Strickland's documentary, a south London gangbanger swaps his life for suburbia and domestic bliss

When Belfast photographer and filmmaker Adam Patterson moved to London and began taking pictures of London gang members, he struck up a friendship with a gang leader called Vipoh (aka Jean-Claude Dagrou) who headed up a crew known as the Loughborough Soldiers. Patterson has been tracing Dagrou's transition from south London gangbanger to loving father and husband in a photographic series that has spanned the last five years. In Vipoh, Dagrou looks back on his old life and towards the future.