27 October - 2nd November 2014
Lewisham Shopping Centre
Visit Lewisham Shopping Centre to see a selection of John Goto's acclaimed Lovers' Rock portraits, created in Lewisham, South London in 1977.
We're looking for the people featured in these photographs, get in touch if you recognise any friends or acquaintances from days gone by!
As a young artist, Goto taught evening classes in photography and film for two years at Lewisham Youth Centre, where these portraits were made.
Photographed against a plain backdrop, the sitters show an exuberant, supportive and friendly community at odds with the prevailing media images of black youths at the time. The unselfconscious engagement in front of the camera can be, in part, explained by their familiarity with the photographer, who was not much older than the sitters.
The series is entitled Lovers' Rock after a musical sub-genre that grew out of the South London reggae scene in the mid-1970s. In 1975, the singer Louisa Mark cut the first Lovers Rock hit with ‘Caught You in a Lie’.
Autograph ABP has published the first book of this work, which will be available at the exhibition and can be purchased in our Shop.