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Punk life


Posted by Gavin Lucas, 8 February 2010, 12:05    Permalink    Comments (8)

Photographer and filmmaker Niall O'Brien has been candidly documenting the lives of a group of young punks from south west London over the last three years. His current show, Good Rats, showcases imagery from the project...

"There's something beautiful about capturing the spontaneity of youth," says O'Brien about the work exhibited - which depicts his subjects relaxing, partying, congregating in some scuzzy looking venues and, occasionally, fighting. "It's something everyone can relate to on some level," he continues, "even if they can't immediately identify with this mad group of punks."

Good Rats runs until March 11 at Art Work Space, Lower Ground Floor, The Hempel Hotel, 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, London, W2 3EA. Tel. +44 (0)20 7298 9000

To see more work by Niall O'Brien, visit his site at



It's always refreshing to see a punk decked out in full-on leathers, boots and hair, walking about in the street or on the tube going about their way. They are a part of the London landscape as much as postboxes and double-deckers and have stood the test of time.
2010-02-08 16:20:16

Real punks dont catch the tube! sheesh..
2010-02-09 12:56:26

Wonderful pictures, particularly the first one, but after looking at the photographer's site it looks like most of these images were taken in Berlin.
2010-02-09 19:28:10

great documentary shots and not a model release form in sight! - keep it up
ian clegg
2010-02-10 08:07:12

This is not punk my friend...
Pepo salazar
2010-02-10 19:37:47

most of these pics are fu*ing israeli punks in london you idiot!
2010-02-11 18:07:44

Good Rats is an amazing exhibition! Niall has created a great collection. Here is an interview with him from jotta.
2010-03-01 11:07:18

nope, most were taken in Kingston. the Berlin pictures is 2 weeks out of 4 years. also only 4 Israeli punks met in Berlin...
2010-03-14 08:27:25

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