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Internationally renowned photographer, Horst A. Friedrichs was born in Frankfurt in 1966. He studied photography in Munich and has worked as a freelance photojournalist for a number of magazines including The New York Times, Geo and Stern. In 2008, he received the prestigious Lead Award for Best Reportage Photography of the Year. He has published a number of books including the best-selling I’m One: 21st Century Mods (Prestel). Friedrichs lives in London.
With their tattoos, leather jackets, slicked-back hair, and beloved British motorbikes – BSAs, Triumphs, Nortons, and Royal Enfields – Rockers are the nemesis and antithesis of the fastidiously groomed Mods. Elvis, James Dean, and Marlon Brando made rocker style synonymous with rebellion, sparking a global cult. Friedrichs follows the British rocker tribe as its members congregate in parking lots, pubs, cafes, dance and pool halls, as well as huge gatherings at Jacks Hill and the Ace Cafe. Alternating between rich, vibrant colour and gritty black and white, these photographs capture a spirit of unapologetic defiance in clothing as well as attitude, every bit as strong today as it was sixty years ago. Trenchant and revealing commentary from Friedrichs’ subjects sheds light on the impulses, yearnings, and motivations of this enduring international rebel chic subculture.
The book will launched in September at the Brighton Burn Up at Lewis Leathers, where copies of the book will be on. The shop will also be hosting a gallery of some of Horst’s original photographs from the book until the end of September; Lewis Leathers is located at 3-5 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2SA, Tel: 020 7636 4314, opening times are: 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday.