Known as one of the most influential photographers of street culture in the new millennium, Boogie emerges once again to spark our curiosity and narrate authentic stories in his own raw style. A Wah Do Dem, Boogie’s sixth monograph, and his first one in color, takes us far away from the familiarity of the West, and throws us into the noisy and cryptic underbelly of Kingston, Jamaica. Through his pictures, Boogie illustrates both the madness and humanity of a complex place, where poverty, violence and crime are often dominant elements of daily life. He relies on his instincts to gain the trust of people who live on the edge of society, and to photograph their world in an honest and objective way. “I was waiting in a back alley, all the way down the lane, in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods in Kingston. It was pitch dark, and it felt like I had been waiting forever. At some point, a guy wearing a creepy horror movie mask and carrying an M-16 appeared from the dark,”Boogie writes in his introductory text, “Even though I was brought there by a friend of a friend, I was really nervous, you never know when things might turn ugly. After a brief introduction, I started taking pictures of the guy, roll after roll, I couldn’t stop. It was the last night of my first trip to Kingston, Jamaica, and at that moment I knew I had to come back again very soon.”
Boogie was back in NYC this past June, and just posted a series of new street shots. As always, haunting, beautiful, and perceptive. Check our Boogie apparel in the webstore.
Boogie was recently in Katowice, Poland for a big street art festival, and took some amazing photos in and around the town… we still got this classic Boogie tee in our webstore…
Serbian-based photographer and past UP-collaborator Boogie has a new exhibition opening this Friday, April 20 in the Katowice Street Art Festival in Poland. All of Boogie’s images in the exhibition are from recent trips to Bangkok, Kingston, and Belgrade. All the works will be in all color.
Check the UP webstore for the gear we have with Boogie over the years.
Next week at Lazarides Gallery’s Outsiders space in the northern English city of Newcastle, photographer Boogie will be opening a new solo show, Demons.
For the exhibition, Boogie used an antique photography techniques to bring out a “diabolical aspect from each of his modern-day subjects.” We have been seeing these images on Boogie’s blog for the past year, and they are stunning works.
May 27—June 25, 2011
We agree, you can’t go wrong with a Submarine Rollneck sweater from Nigel Cabourn.
This is pretty cool, Boogie posted this on his website: “The relationship between photography and the spirit world of ghosts, apparitions and angels during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was a blending of popular belief and scientific fraud. The lack of sophistication in the public in an age of deeply held religious values and the generally accepted belief that the camera recorded truth allowed the unscrupulous to exploit the situation for financial gain.”
There is a whole portfolio online here.