NEW ADDITIONS TO THE ARCHIVE: Owen Harvey, Beth Kane and Lucy McCarthy

Owen Harvey
A recent graduate from the University of Wales in Newport, Owen has been photographing the people that are keeping some of the most iconic youth subcultures of the 20th century going, and has found that these movements are alive and kicking. His work focuses on the Mods and Skinheads, and has been documenting them for several years. 

Browse his work in the archive HERE
© Owen Harvey/YOUTH CLUB

Bethany Kane
Bethany Kane is a contemporary photographer focusing on youthsubcultures in the UK. Her most recent series Oi! aims to document the scene, exploring the music, fashion and community like spirt that surrounds it. Documenting the scene that she is personally involved, her photographs provide a contemporary insight into a subculture that has been so polarised by the media. 

Browse her work in the archive HERE
© Beth Kane/YOUTH CLUB

Lucy McCarthy
Aged 16, Lucy McCarthy took her camera with her on nights out and became engrossed in UK rave culture. Some of her images, like the one here, have been hand painted, harking back to 90s DIY culture. These photographs have only recently been unearthed, proving a very popular contribution to our exhibition 'Lost in Music' at Village Underground last December.

Browse her work in the archive HERE
© Lucy McCarthy/YOUTH CLUB


Panik is an internationally known, UK based artist, who emerged from the London graffiti scene in the late 90’s. Originally famed for prolifically painting the capital and beyond during the 00’s, alongside the ATG crew, who as a group later went on to diversify into wider fields within art, music and clothing.

Around 2005 Panik began to introduce his now trademark faces and abstract imagery to his work together with the use of letter forms, allowing him to communicate in a new way and expand his horizons as an artist. After spending a year at Central St Martins school of art he left to pursue his own path into the creative world, working as a freelance artist.

While always maintaining his presence on a street level through traditional graffiti or large scale public murals, Panik has also exhibited solo shows with galleries in London, Amsterdam and New York as well as working on projects across the board with various companies and global brands.

In recent years Panik has focused on painting large scale murals which blend playful imagery often reflecting his current mood or past experiences, abstract pattern based work that holds an un­predictable energy to it, as well as socially conscious themes, which is an aspect he now continues to explore through travelling as well as local charity based workshops alongside young people.




6th June - 31st August
Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX 
Festival Village below the Queen Elizabeth Hall 

Youth Club Archive presents One Nation Under a Groove, a 3 month exhibition at Southbank Centre’s for the Festival of Love. The exhibition explores the key role youth movements and subcultures play in forging relationships, friendships, families and communities. Covering the rich history of the tribes, subcultures, sounds and style that span the generations and genres. 

The exhibition includes 120 iconic images from the PYMCA featuring over 50 photographers including Gavin Watson, David Swindells, Janette Beckman, Normski, Phil Knott, Derek Ridgers, Chris Porsz and Richard Braine.

A screening room showing the highly acclaimed Music Nation series by Dazed Digital alongside documentaries from independent film-makers including Will Robson-Scott, Simon Wheatley and Nick Cunard. Guest collections from British Record Shop Archive, Fiona Cartledge from Sign of the Times, Steve Proctor resident DJ at Shoom, Jon Swinstead, Wayne Hemingway and the Hyman Archive. 

The exhibition also includes interactive areas including; 

  • Youth Club photo-booth in collaboration with Simple Booth
  • Design your own custom t-shirt on 27” touch screens with YR Store
  • Free drop in badge making workshops 
  • #COLLECTIVEMEMORY installation 
  • Our Soundtrack installation. Listen HERE  
  • Live art from guest artists including Inkie, Mark Wigan and Panik
  • Street Photography workshops 

BOXER Paul Vickery at Doomed Gallery

Doomed Gallery 65/67 Ridley Road, Dalston E8 2NP 
Thursday June 11th to Sunday 14th

Opening Reception Thursday June 11th 6:30-9pm
Friday 12th 4-8pm
Saturday 13th 12-8pm
Sunday 14th 12-8pm

London-based photographer Paul Vickery showcases his project Boxer at Doomed Gallery, E8, on Thursday, 11th June. 

Featuring images of the boxer Ramon Levy-Vassie, the exhibition and book launch mark the photographer’s on-going collaboration with artist and stylist Barry Kamen. 

“There’s a magic that only happens when like-minded creative forces collide. Working with Ramon and Barry was terrific. It was all about teamwork,” says Vickery. A chance meeting between boxer Levy-Vassie and Vickery on the London Underground set the project in motion. This developed into an insightful study focusing on what it means to be a young boxer in London in the 21st Century.

As with previous projects, an intimate and highly personalised approach has become a Vickery trademark style.

‘I work very closely with all my subjects. Ramon really understood my need to work in this manner. There’s an honesty and sensitivty in Boxer. I’m capturing moments of truth. There’s a poetry to images made this way. It’s hard to fabricate that.’

Shot entirely on film over a twelve month period, Boxer traces Levy-Vassie’s journey from training to first pro-fight and beyond. Culminating in a series of high-stylised images, the project embraces both Documentary and Fine Art genres, serving as a reflection upon both the sport and the art of boxing. At the post-production stage, Paul worked closely with Master Printers Peter Guest (The Image), Bryan O’Leary and Chris Ashman (Artful Dodgers Imaging). For Vickery, the contribution of these printers was key.

‘I’ve worked with Pete at The Image and Bryan and Chris at Artful for many years. They are the best in the business. They know exactly how I want my prints to look and feel. The relationship between photographer and printer is often undervalued. It’s really the final ingredient required to showcase a killer image that collectors seek.’

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Paul Vickery has built a reputation for producing compelling imagery combining Documentary, Portaiture, Fine Art and Style genres. His work has been exhibited in London and New York, appearing alongside eminent photographers Rankin, Perou, Uli Weber and Dean Chalkley. Collectors include Peter Paul Hartnett and international gallerists Meryl Messineo and Helene Wyman (Messineo Art Projects & Wyman Contemporary NYC).

Paul Vickery’s work has featured in Arena Homme Plus, 125 Magazine, Professional Photographer, Black and White, GUP, Jock&Nerds, and the Hip-Hop bible Viper. Paul Vickery is proudly represented by PYMCA Archive. Jamie Brett of PYMCA comments:

“Paul’s work is laced with a rare authenticity that feels timeless and unconstrained by era. His ability to discover corners of youth expression in both the UK and US makes for a rare glimpse into a world of extreme lifestyles, passionate subcultures and fascinating characters. Coupled with a poetic aesthetic and a meticulous approach to his practice, Paul’s work is highly collectible and very much one of a kind.”

Boxer is published as a limited edition hardback book and will be available on the opening night. Boxer is exclusively hand-printed on C-Type photographic paper (colour images) and archival fibre-based paper (black and white).

All Limited Edition prints are numbered and signed by the artist.

16”x 12” £330 ea. Edition of three
20”x 16” £460 ea. Edition of three
24”x 20” £660 ea. Edition of three



10 April 2015, 10:00am - 12 April 2015, 23:00pm / Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side) at Royal Festival Hall 

Breaking The Mould explores the explosion of youth culture from the 1950s to the present day. Curated in association with Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors, the exhibition looks at tribes, sub-cultures and music across different eras.

From the Teddy boys of the 1950s to the mods of the 1960s, the hippies of the 1970s and the punks of the 1980s, youth culture is constantly shifting and changing as the world around it changes.

The changes you see in the fashions and styles worn by individuals in these pictures link to changes going on in the wider world and in popular culture. They reflect social, cultural and political shifts of everyday life.

All the images seen in this exhibition are drawn from PYMCA (Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive). PYMCA is the specialist image and research library for global youth culture, lifestyle and music.

This archive of over 55,000 photographs is sourced from all over the world, documenting the lifestyles, fashions, hairstyles, music and subcultures of young people from the 1940s to the present day.




We are excited to be part of Free the Night, the first ever photography exhibition in Westmister Station part of the Night Tube Firsts to celebrate 6 months from the start of 24hr tube service. We contributed 5 images from the PYMCA archive photographers; Ted Polhemus, John Phillips, Chris Stewart, Catherine Holmes and Naki. 

The pieces celebrate the capital's rich history of arts and culture and capture a range of perspectives on the night time and its possibilities for those passing through the station.

Delivered in partnership for the Night Tube Firsts with TFL and Annin Arts Gallery, the show features large-scale photographic works arranged in the station's alcoves. There are 24  images in total including Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE, Nick Knight OBE, Sir Cecil Beaton, and Juergen Teller. 

The works include a 1920s ballroom dance by Sir Cecil Beaton, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen captured outside Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 by Chalkie Davies, and a photograph of a Tube worker on his way home taken by iconic British fashion and portrait photographer Rankin.





This Second Edition has a brand-new look inside and out. In addition to the original 400 images, there are 70 previously unseen photos, including 4 new events, totalling 77 parties over a span of 10 years. Complementing the written introduction on Rave Culture, is a foreword from the artist Tom Hunter.

The new edition is thread-sewn and bound in hardback. The cover design is colour screen printed on black Wibalin stock with opaque white+Foil block transparent gloss. The content is wood-free matt-coated paper stock. The look is at once a quality art book and decidedly subversive, like the photographs themselves.

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