Recently I had an invite to attend a talk on Documenting Style And Subculture which was hosted by Anna Sparham of The London Museum with guest speakers Ekow Eshun (Face Magazine - remember that) and Chris Steele-Perkins. Chris (if you don't already know) is a Magnum Photographer who was once also Magnum’s President.
My particular reason for being there was because I knew Chris’s book “The Teds” had been reprinted and I like to collect autographed photobooks. Plus to hear one of the worlds leading photographers isn't exactly something that happens everyday...
Ekow had curated a show earlier in the year at The Photographers Gallery about black males and “Dandyism”. That was a brilliant show, images that were from another world. If you missed it, you really missed something unique.
Anyway… Chris Steele-Perkins had done a documentary of Holkham Hall, not far from where we live. He spent a year wandering around alone and taking pictures. I am yet to secure that book, its on my list. So when the talk had finished we chatted a bit and spoke about Holkham. He may be back in the area before too long. I am a cheeky bastard so I gave him my card and told him I would buy him lunch if he is ever close by.
His reply "Ok mate", so not an instant dismissal.
Don't ask, don't get. I doubt i’ll get.
Oh and I got the re-print of The Teds. Its magnificent.