Reggae in London 1980–2004 - David Corio

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 Reggae in London 1980–2004 - David Corio

David Corio began his freelance photography career in 1978 after leaving art school at the age of 18. Moving to London he began taking portraits and going to concerts and clubs across the capital for personal projects and as assignments for New Musical Express, Time Out, The Face and Black Echoes. He worked at London listings magazine City Limits in the early 1980’s helping to write the music listings and editing their Nightclub section.

He moved to New York in 1992 for 16 years continuing to shoot musicians, nightlife and the arts for the New York Times, The Times and various reggae and hip hop record labels and magazines.

From daytime bhangra shows at Leicester Square’s Empire Ballroom to the first hip hop club in Soho’s ‘Gossips’ and the first Jungle Club in NYC, this collection of Fans and Clubbers, taken over an 18 year period shows many different musical genres in their infancy - their energy and excitement still fresh and raw.

David Corio’s photographs are held by the National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The ICA and The Photographer’s Gallery, London and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC and the Institute of Contemporary Photography, NYC.

  • 36 pages
  • printed in England
  • staple bound
  • 14cm x 20cm

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