GAVIN WATSON WAS BORN IN LONDON IN 1965 AND WAS RAISED IN A WORKING CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IN HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST CAMERA AS A TEENAGER AND SINCE THEN BEGAN TO TAKE HIS WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS.
Left school at the age of sixteen, he returned to London and became assistant at the darkroom for Camera Press. During that time he continued to photograph his brother and his group of skinheads friends in High Wycombe. These shots during that period represent one of the most iconic subcultures of all times.
The skins were part of the working class and were united by the love for ska music and fashion. In 1970 and 80’ Watson’s photographs have documented a time and place where subcultures were in revolt, and his photographs have been published in his famous books Skins (1994) and Punks (2008). His works have been a great source of inspiration for the film director Shane Meadows for This is England in 2006. With his keen eye for detail he has been able to capture the mood of the time and the unique style of these guys memorable to history.