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Photo by John Dwyer, courtesy of Rough Trade Magazine

Through the eyes of Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer

The garage rock frontman shares some of his film photography over the years, taken from the second issue of Rough Trade’s new magazine

This article is taken from the print edition of Rough Trade Magazine Issue 2, out in all Rough Trade stores now.

When he isn’t screaming and squirming so loudly onstage that his head looks set to explode, Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer leads a life of almost permanent travel. He documents his life by way of film camera – capturing nature, pals, loved ones and special times.

Dwyer shared some of his favourite shots for Rough Trade Magazine’s second issue – published online exclusively by Dazed today – alongside a brief text explaining his attitude to photography. Check the photos in the gallery above and read his words below.


“I carry two real tiny 35mm wide angle Japanese cameras made by Superheadz.
Dirt cheap and very small
One for color
One for b+w
An old russian minotaur 35mm that is great but temperamental
And a cannonette q17
my step dad robert always had a k1000 w him and shot these really great black and whites of everything
So i have a grip of these deep childhood photos.
He was kinda the inspiration for me to just shoot
Im not sure what to say about what i get out of it but i enjoy it
Putting together a book was really fun
Hoping to do it again soon
Life can be really beautiful in these little slices
It helps to remember the great stuff
When the world can be so dark
Gotta document the highs.”

– John Dwyer