Lexington Street: Michael and Mandana outside the Academy

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Stillsoho is a series of intimate black and white portraits of artists, writers and flanneurs taken in Soho, London when I worked at the French House pub. Inspired by the work of John Deakin, Ida Kar and Brassai, those who captured the Soho and Paris demi-monde of their times, I was conscious of documenting a new generation of Sohoites and the landscape of a disappearing London. Some of the people and places in Stillsoho such as The Colony Rooms, the favourite haunt of Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, no longer exist, or in the case of Sebastian Horsley, are sadly no longer alive.


The series is a document of a Soho that was still bohemian and elegantly hedonistic, when it was still driven by its history and its fast and louche past characters. The ghosts of these regulars and members of the pubs and clubs on Dean Street, were very much present and talked about. That the whole project was shot on film, and that the pictures look like they were taken many years previously, is important for the sense of nostalgia that pervaded the atmosphere in what I thought was a cultural utopia.

Somewhere in Soho: Concetta

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Sebastian Horsley at his flat on Meard Street, Soho in the summer of 2006. He was posing for a portrait by David Courts.

Meard Street: Sebastian at home 

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Meard Street: Oliver Bernard, in the same spot he was photographed by John Deakin in the 1950s

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Dean Street: Concetta, Hilary, Paul Lawford, Robert Rubbish, Phil Dirtbox and Ed at the French

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Somewhere in Soho: Blonde girl and her friend 

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Dean Street: Pav at the French

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Somewhere in Soho: Celine

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Charing Cross Road: Vanessa and Bruno's flat

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Dean Street: Gerry's club

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Dean Street: Sebastian and Babette at the Colony 

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Charing Cross Road: Sophia at The Phoenix Bar

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Dean Street: David Brown and Henry at the Colony

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Dean Street: Hilary at the Colony

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Dean Street: Phil Dirtbox at Gerry's

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Dean Street: Neal Fox at the Colony

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Lexington Street: Mandana and Patrick at the Academy

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Bourchier Street: Steve Walsh, Paul Lawford and Hilary

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Dean Street: Paul Lawford outside The Colony Room

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Somewhere in Soho: Hilary, red lipstick

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Beak Street: Nervous Stephen

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Lexington Street: Adam Ant

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Bateman Street: Sebastian and Michael at Lorelei

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Dean Street: Paul Lawford outside the French

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Piccadilly: Aaron Nudnik, Tim Noble and James Birch at the Royal Academy

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Self portrait with Michael and camera

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Dean Street: Salena outside the Groucho at Michael Wojas' wake 

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Somewhere in Soho: Celine backstage

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Dean Street: Trevor Gulliver outside the Groucho at Michael Wojas wake

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Charing Cross Road: Stranger opposite the Astoria

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Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day

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Greek Street: Lovers at the Soho House

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