Photographing books for Al Newman

Clarks, Sound System Culture and In Fine Style

Al Newman is a designer and DJ (Al Fingers) with a keen interest in Reggae and the culture that goes along with it. He put together a great book about Clarks shoes and the history behind the brand's associations with Jamaica.

Clarks in Jamaica

Al was quoted in The Guardian:

“It is kind of niche,” says Newman, with some understatement. “But I thought – it’s such a colourful story, it’s about time someone documented this. I wanted to focus on the music and the Jamaican musicians who have sung about Clarks. Reggae and dancehall stars Dillinger, Trinity, Ranking Joe, Scorcher, Little John, Super Cat and countless others had sung about Clarks in the past. So I went there just over a year ago to interview and photograph musicians, as well as other people on the street wearing the shoes.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/oct/28/clarks-shoes-reggae-jamaica-feature

His next book was a collaboration with Mandeep Samra and Paul Huxtable about Huddersfield's connection with Sound System Culture.

Sound System Culture

More more info on that book and in fact all of Al's books you can find out more here:

 

http://www.onelovebooks.com/Sound-System-Culture-1#.V2qAfI5Ybzc

Al's latest project is about the Jamaican graphic artist Wilfred Limonious who produced some of the most iconic dancehall artwork from the 1980's. The book In Fine Style is a collaboration with Canadian writer Christopher Bateman. Al popped into the studio to shoot the book ahead of it's launch and exhibition.

In Fine Style

Published by One Love Books

Spread from In Fine Style

Wilfed Limonious

Another spread from In Fine Style

It's always a pleasure to photograph Al's books and hear about his latest projects. He's well worth investigating further if you're not familiar with his work:

http://www.alnewmandesign.com/