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Tom Johnson & Charlotte James: Merthyr Rising
28 January 2016
We’re pleased to feature this series of photographs by photographer Tom Johnson about Merthyr Tydfil. The exhibition aims to challenge common misconceptions about the area by putting a spotlight on Merthyr’s strong community and vibrant characters. These photographs were featured in the Guardian – it’s so nice to see positive press from Merthyr – we love it.
Shot in collaboration with stylist and Merthyr native Charlotte James, the exhibition is the result of multiple trips to Merthyr during the summer of 2015.
The pair sourced subjects via social networks, street castings and James’ friends and family, styling them in fashion pieces and photographing them in situ, anywhere from bus stations to the local Labour Club. Blending a love for documentary and fashion, pieces were selected to complement and emphasise the subjects’ character.
The exhibition features twenty large scale images and an accompanying publication.
Tom Johnson lives and works in London. His work has been featured in An0ther, DAZED, Its Nice That, VICE, Hunger agazine & The World Photography Organisation. He was the subject of a documentary made by VICE for their series ‘Picture Perfect’ and has been shortlisted for the D&AD Next Photographer Award.
Charlotte James is a London-based fashion stylist, she is the fashion editor at large at Crack Magazine and has worked with titles such as i-D Online and Wonderland, and artists including Big Sean and Little Dragon.