Introducing a new upload to the PYMCA archive, some brand new work from the fantastic Gonzales Photo. 


Festival crowd at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, 2009.

Check it out here.


Festival Of Art & Music Revolution: Canary Wharf


Festival Of Art & Music Revolution is a four day music and art festival aiming to explore and challenge the throws of todays society and the “states we’re in”.

One of our fantastic PYMCA Photographer’s Molly Macindoe exhibits some work from her photobook Out of Order: A Celebration of the Free Party Scene.

Check it out from April 25th – 28th on the Motorship Stubnitz nearest tube Canary Wharf.

Walk The Streets of The World – Exhibition

Walk The Streets of The World is the exhibition of the International Street Photography Awards organised by Fotoura

The exhibition runs from April 18th – 27th at the ICN Space 96-98 Leaonard St, London EC2A 4RH

Opening times: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-17:00

Open Competition winner – Peter De Krom. Hometown – Hoek Van Holland

The exhibition features work from a range of international photographers, all of whom submitted series around this year’s theme: hometown.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt

Photographers were asked to consider this competition a challenge to find new ways of looking at those things and places that were most familiar to them. The concept of ‘hometown’ was left open to interpretation, asking only that the photographer was living in the location featured in the submitted photographs at the time they were taken.

Runner-up open competition - Gustavo Gomes. Hometown - Cassia, Brazil

Open Competition Runner-up  – Gustavo Gomes. Hometown – Cassia, Brazil

Student Competition Winner - Martina Cirese. Hometown - Rome

Student Competition Winner – Martina Cirese. Hometown – Rome, Italy

Student Competion Runner-up - Gideon Vass. Hometown - Ipswich, UK

Student Competition Runner-up – Gideon Vass. Hometown – Ipswich, UK

For more info visit

What Happened Great Britain? 1970-1990: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

The four shortlisted artists have been selected for this years prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, to be presented at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. The finalist exhibition will take place from 19th April – 30th June 2013.

© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

Amongst the four selections is the work of photographer Chris Killip with his series What Happened Great Britain 1970-1990, encompassing an emotive social documentary project exploring the vast social and cultural changes in a rapidly evolving Britain.


© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

His stark black and white imagery reflects and encapsulates the fall of the working classes, and the intimate lives of men at work set against the backdrop of socio-political turmoil.


© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990


© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

An unprecedented and vastly coherent series, Killip’s lack of publicity in the UK has caused the press to question whether Great British documentary photography is often overlooked at home, despite Tom Wood’s recent limelight.

What do you think? Link to Guardian article.


© Pascal Martinez, view of exhibition at BAL, Paris.

Rubble Kings – A New Documentary

This documentary looks great, I’m sure they would appreciate any extra funding to finish the project on their Kickstarter page.

From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.

Rubble Kings is a feature length documentary about the New York city street gangs of the late ‘60s / ‘70s and their influence on hip-hop culture.

New Collection – Dosfotos

#2 in our New Collections series Dosfotos

Dosfotos are two photographers Elio Stolz and Ruth Segarra originally from South Brazil and Barcelona who met in London in 2002 and have been working together ever since.

Based in London over the past seven years they have built up a specialist collection of clubbing, gay scene, music, festivals and alternative travel images from around the world.

Check out the selection below and visit for the full collection.


Casa Latina, Fire, London, UK 2011


Hectic, Dalston Superstore, London, UK 2012


Gutterslut, East Bloc, London, UK 2011


Beyond, Area, London, UK 2011


Beyond, Area, London, UK 2011


Popstarz, Siobhan Donaghy Live PA, London UK 2007


Trannyshack, Soho Revue Bar, London, UK 2007


Jason’s Jukebox, Area, London, UK 2008


Regents Canal, Shoreditch, East London, London, UK 2011


Mr D’z Diner in Kingman, Route 66, Arizona, USA


Columbia Road, East London, UK 2011


Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London, UK 2010


Summer Rites, Shoreditch Park, London, UK 2012


Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London, UK 2010

The Hartnett Collection: Vintage Photographs from 1860 – 1950

#1 in our New Collections series

Introducing a new archive of vintage photographs from the Hartnett Collection

Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection. Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection.

Paul Hartnett has been documenting the extremes of street and club culture on an international basis since his first club snap back in 1976.

 Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection.  Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection.

Paul contributes a 12 year collection of Vintage photographs spanning from 1860 – 1950, adding new unseen depths into PYMCA. The Hartnett Collection shed’s a blinding light onto the alternative sides of 19th century society, providing a rare glimpse into the unseen world of pre-war drag acts and outlandish fashion.

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From the 1950s holiday snapshots to pin sharp 18th century Tin-Types, we’re transported to an era so alien from our own. It’s not only the age, but the true permanence of these photographs that appear so compelling. Each photograph is poignantly staged, freezing a moment that barely existed.

Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection.

Alongside a vast array of technically perfect vintage images, this collection represents an era on the brink of the camera becoming accessible, and where life’s spontaneity was slowly given the chance to be documented. Some of these images reflect beautiful friendships and families united, a long lost pet or a child’s most treasured toy.

 pymca_00032738  Portraits and styles from a bygone age. From the Hartnett Collection.

Paul’s collection is the product of a passionate decade-long hunt through the forgotten photographs of days gone-by. The collection provides us with an affirming glimpse into the colloquial corners of Britain’s past and renders even more reason to assume our grandparents were just as bad.

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“My photographic archive spans from 1976 to now. As the Vintage section of this site also reflects, I’ve collected vintage photographs for many years, images that contain a strong Fashion History and Social History content, dating from 1850 to 1950. These visuals, documented in a broad range of photographic processes, balance my own photographic work, which continues the street-style story that travelling tintypists documented with such vigour” – Paul Hartnett.

To view the whole Hartnett Vintage Collection visit

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