Gavin Watson

Gavin Watson

Gavin Watson was born in London in 1965 and grew up on a council estate in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He bought a Hanimex camera from Woolworths in his early teens and began to take photographs. Upon leaving school at the age of sixteen, Watson moved back to London and became a darkroom assistant at Camera Press. He continued to photograph his younger brother Neville and their group of skinhead friends in High Wycombe.

The ‘Wycombe Skins’ were part of the working-class skinhead subculture brought together by a love of ska music and fashion. Although skinhead style had become associated with the right-wing extremism of political groups like the National Front in the 1970s, Watson’s photographs document a time and place where the subculture was racially mixed and inclusive. His photographs were published in the books Skins (1994) and Skins and Punks (2008), and the director Shane Meadows cited them as an inspiration for his film This is England (2006). In 2011 and 2012 Watson photographed campaigns for Dr Martens and began a project with the singer Plan B.


Gavin Watson Discography Tracks


FIT 2 The Fits The Fits - Fact Or Fiction(7") Trapper Records FIT 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FIT 3 The Fits The Fits - Fact Or Fiction(12", Comp) Trapper Records FIT 3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SKANK LP 112 The Riffs The Riffs - Who Wants It?(LP, Album) Skank Records SKANK LP 112 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Madness Madness - My Girl (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1992 Sell This Version
HAL LP004 Various Various - Oi! Against Racism(LP, Comp) Havin' A Laugh Records HAL LP004 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Various Various - The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi Vol. 2 (Album, Comp) Triple Crown Records US 2002 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2377 Various Various - Cool As Ice (The Be Music Productions)(CD, Comp) LTM (4) LTMCD 2377 UK 2003 Sell This Version
NERCD029-WW013 Various Various - The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi(CD, Comp) Neuro Empire NERCD029-WW013 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Street Dogs Street Dogs - State Of Grace (Album) Hellcat Records US 2008 Sell This Version
CADSIN007 LR Rockets LR Rockets - Renee Loves Losers(CDr, Single, Promo) Ctrl Alt Del Records CADSIN007 UK 2009 Sell This Version
TFR026, LS757 Aires And Graces Aires And Graces - What Happened To The Kids?(7", Blu) True Force Records, Longshot Music TFR026, LS757 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
GUM12, 804.A006.022 The Shoes (3) The Shoes (3) - Crack My Bones(CD, Album, Dig) Green United Music, Pias GUM12, 804.A006.022 France 2010 Sell This Version
none The Shoes (3) The Shoes (3) - Time To Dance(7", Single) Green United Music none France 2012 Sell This Version
5053105221721 Plan B (4) Plan B (4) - ill Manors(CD, Album) Atlantic, 679 Recordings 5053105221721 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
Truss Truss - Ganymede (EP) Perc Trax UK 2012 Sell This Version
Håkan Hellström Håkan Hellström - Det Kommer Aldrig Va Över För Mig (Album) Stranded Rekords Sweden 2013 Sell This Version
Rudimental Rudimental - Home (Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records South Korea 2013 Sell This Version
Rudimental Rudimental - We The Generation (Album) Asylum Records Europe 2015 Sell This Version