The photographer behind the brilliant series of ads for Levi’s, ‘Craftworkers’, Dean Chalkley’s overriding passion is the ‘Mod way of life’, he loves the fashion, the attitude, not to mention the scooters, the sounds and the aesthetic of this culture.

Recently his short film ‘Young Souls’ premiered at the atmospheric Bethnal Green Working Club, for one night turning its fading charms into a sound and sweat filled celebration of Northern Soul, cloaked in the haze of talcum powder. The phenomenon of Northern Soul goes back to the Soul music loving Mods of the 1960’s. Today’s clubs are attended by a very varied age range of dancers and lovers of Rare Soul. Dean has been very careful to exercise the utmost integrity on this project – it is clear that it is close to his heart. Northern Soul devotees are fanatically protective about their lifestyle.

Gritting your teeth at having missed this? Fear not, Dean is exhibiting ‘Young Souls’ at  Youth Club Gallery, where the film will be shown along with images from the Religion issue of 125 magazine and also new unseen images unique to the exhibition.

Furthermore, Reading Museum is showing Dean’s ‘The New Faces’, a series of images depicting a group of young ‘Modernists’ from London, first shown at London’s Book Club last year.

Dean Chalkley
22nd July – 4th August 2011
Youth Club Gallery
2.1 Kingly Court

Dean Chalkley
(part of Reading Steady Go!)
Current – 9th October, 2011
Reading Museum
The Town Hall
Blagrave Street

All images © Dean Chalkley

Words by Anna Bang


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