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Paris : So British by Homer Sykes

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Homer Sykes is a well-known figure in British photography but his images have only made it across the Channel on rare occasions. After the exhibition at Maison Robert Doisneau, the Les Douches gallery is now showing his work captured during some testing times. It is an ode to the creativity of a society undergoing profound change, where humour and a love of the country’s sometimes trivial and often absurd culture prevailed. Britain in the 1970s-1980s. Welcome to the Thatcher years, a time when the country was racked by doubt while reinventing itself through a social, cultural and political counter-revolution. The urge to upset the status quo could be clearly heard in the sounds of the emerging punk, new wave and glam rock cultures. Nonetheless, customs and traditions endured, with cricket matches attended by smart crowds of spectators in top hats and tails and painstakingly knotted silk scarves. With his unobtrusive camera, discretion was Homer Sykes’ watchword as he observed and recorded society’s transformation, applying the humanistic requirements and impulsions of street photography together with two rules: spontaneity and the search for...

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