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Taken from the April 1997 issue of Dazed and Confused
Photography Bettina Komenda, fashion Sabina SchrederTaken from the April 1997 issue of Dazed and Confused

Ten archive images capturing youth rebellion

A throwback to photos that portrayed or shaped subcultural rebellion and modernity – straight from Dazed's archived issues

Dazed is teaming up with Storm Models to find the UK’s next big name in fashion photography. We’ve launched a competition called #STORMPHOTO to find a young, talented photographer based in the UK, aged 16-25.

The winner will be given the opportunity to photograph Storm’s Lottie Moss (one of the agency’s rising stars), the chance to have their portfolio reviewed by Dazed’s photographic director Lauren Ford, and a DSLR camera.

To enter, candidates must submit three to six images that capture the rebellious spirit Dazed is synonymous with, and present a vision of contemporary youth culture. Candidates must submit their images on Instagram using the hashtag #STORMPHOTO and, once entered, fill in their contact details on The deadline is June 24th.

To mark this search for creative talent, we've drawn images from past issues that embody this spirit of rebellion and youth.

ISSUE 18, 1996

This editorial, titled, ‘Cottage In The City’ is photographed by Henrik Halvarsson and styled by Alister Mackie with Katy England, and plays with the idea of the private being public. Cubicles are left open to voyeuristic viewers and the images are an exploration of sex and gay culture.

ISSUE 45, 1998

This inked belly button belongs to Tiffany Lane, and is shot by acclaimed photographer Sølve Sundsbø. The letters immortalised on her skin pay homage to The Notorious B.I.G., while the nakedness of the image symbolises the nakedness of her ambition.

ISSUE 63, 2000

Rankin creates eight intimate portraits titled ‘Feel It’. Styled by Alister Mackie, the images capture boys kissing girls, girls kissing girls, boys kissing boys, and the freedom of kissing anyone, everyone, regardless of gender.

ISSUE 67, 2000

Bay Garnett documents the fads and trends of gangs in New York, on the streets of Brooklyn and Queens. The fashions have been reinvented from old, vintage items found from each individual's grandma's wardrobe – think rain hoods worn as transparent fanny packs to reveal mobile phones, wallets, and designer sunglasses, emphasising each person's wealth and style. Hems of denim jeans sweep the ground, and yellow foam rollers are safety pinned on to trainers – other fast fashions of the time.

ISSUE 93, 2013

Titled ‘Low Riders’, this editorial shot by Amy Troost and styled by Alastair McKimm captures the spirit of grunge, with its baggy silhouette and ‘don’t give a fuck’ attitude. 

ISSUE 74, 2001

Included in a feature photographed by Magnus Unnar and Andrea Cellerino, New-York based designer Ana Gonzales and architect Donald Hearne created a club-inspired collection for SS01, titled ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen’.

ISSUE 80, 2001

‘Wild Style’ features young guys performing gravity-defying moves, photographed by Magnus Unnar and styled by former Dazed creative director Nicola Formichetti.

ISSUE 29, 1997

‘Going Down’ rebels against the uptight thinking of ‘a group of Young Conservatives’. Staunchly against right-wing politics, Bettina Komenda focuses her lens on more liberal portraits of youth, with images imbued with a sense of sexual freedom.

ISSUE 85, 2002

Magnus Unnar photographs the battle against teenage apathy in an editorial from 2002 that proclaims: ‘WANTED: REASONS TO COMBAT THE DOOM AND GLOOM WROUGHT BY CONFLICTS, CRISES, DEBT, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION’ – reasons that will always be relevant to youth.

MAY 2007

Coming-of-age black and white portraits make up the editorial ‘Kiss & Run’, with photography by Bruna Kazinoti and styling by Katie Shillingford. Bathrooms, brick walls, and empty beds set the locations for timeless images of teenage forays into young love, depicting a sense of inexperience and discovery.