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Ewen Spencer’s UKG, Brandy & Coke
Photography Ewen Spencer

Documenting the golden days of UK garage

Ewen Spencer’s photo series captures a then-burgeoning London music scene in the backstreets of Vauxhall

Ewen Spencer is nothing short of a subcultural legend. In his career he’s shot everything from London’s underground quad skaters to kids in Miami on Spring Break. He’s also found his way into some of music’s most exciting, then-burgeoning, scenes like UK grime and garage. The latter which formed the focus of Brandy & Coke, a short film Dazed were proud to produce for Channel 4 last year in the series Music Nation.

Spencer found himself in the midst of a rising new music scene, and his book UKG is a collation of his time spent in the backstreets of Vauxhall. A selection of which will be on show at We Want More: Image Making and Music in the 21st Century, an exhibition exploring the relationship between image-production and music. Alongside Spencer’s imagery, Dazed have invited film’s next generation of auteurs – Focus Creeps to AG Rojas and Tyrone Lebon, to name a few – are each curating a series of the 21st century’s most influential music videos and their makers, from Spike Jonze to Chris Cunningham.

We Want More: Image Making and Music in the 21st Century is on show from Friday 17 July – 20 September, 2015 at London’s The Photographer’s Gallery. Follow #WeWantMore on Twitter and Instagram to see more. UKG is available in special GOLD edition from GOST Books here