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Homer Sykes

England 1970-1980

The work of the British photographer Homer Sykes (born in 1949) remains largely unknown in France. It was at the beginning of the 1970s that this Canadian-born photographer became a photojournalist. He freelanced for various magazines and newspapers, such as The Observer, The Telegraph, Time and Newsweek, covering conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. It wasn’t long however before Homer Sykes began to take an interest in his own country, in particular its typical customs and traditions. This exhibition goes back over the first twenty years of Homer Sykes’ career: two decades during which he was at the centre of everyday life, observing both the country’s folklore and transformations, as the United Kingdom traversed a period of crisis, its society racked by doubt and seeking to reinvent itself through a new pop-rock culture.



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Screaming fans at a Bay City Roller concert, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1970s
© Homer Sykes



Fashionably dressed teenage couple, Margaret and Barry Kirkbride, Workington, 1975
© Homer Sykes



 A typical English summer’s day, Southend on Sea, Saturday 17 August, 1974
© Homer Sykes



 A skinhead, a suede head and punk enjoy a drink together, at The Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London, 1980
© Homer Sykes


The Burry Man taking a break from walking the towns boundaries, South Queensferry, Scotland, 1971
© Homer Sykes


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