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Documenting Youth Culture

Documenting Youth Culture © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

A panel discussion exploring the important role that photographs and magazines play in recording youth culture.

From Bruce Davidson’s images of the Brooklyn gang and Philippe Chancel’s documentation of Parisian youths to Chris Steele-Perkins’ photographs of the Teds, youth culture and photography is explored throughout Another Kind of Life. The publication of many of these images in magazines brought these counter cultural expressions into the public eye, making visible their position within wider society. This panel discussion explores the relationship between photographs and magazines, and the way in which these document and preserve youth culture.

Chaired by Maisie Skidmore, editor of AnOther Magazine, the panel includes acclaimed Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, Jamie Brett from YOUTH CLUB Archive and Gabriele Rohmann from the Berlin Archive of Youth Culture.

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Barbican Meets: Paz

Since the 1980s, Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz has documented those living on the fringes of society: from trans communities to the homeless. Here she recounts the stories behind some of her photographs.

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Episode 2 - Igor Palmin and the Soviet Hippies

Social and cultural historian of the Soviet Union, Juliane Furst and Ilia Rogatchevski, a Russian born, Scotland raised sound artist, discuss the subjects of Igor Palmin's photographs documenting the 'Soviet hippy' movement of the 1970s.

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Episode 1: Casa Susanna

We discuss Casa Susanna with curator, Alona Pardo, Rhyannon Styles, author of The New Girl: A Trans Girl Tells It Like It Is and Professor Michael 'Miqqi Alicia' Gilbert, who share some of their own responses to this collection of photographs. 

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