On Episode 129 of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by another absolute legend in the music industry – Photographer, Virginia Turbett.
The British rock music and social reportage photographer is best known for her photographs of bands, fans and street culture as she captured the music, the fans and fashion of the punk, heavy metal, mod, new romantic, reggae, 2-tone and electro pop scenes in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.
Her first photo assignment was the Sex Pistols shooting their Pretty Vacant video. She spent the next ten years photographing for Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face and ID magazines.
Her work took her to the USA and Europe photographing for features on hundreds of bands and solo artists including The Jam, The Clash, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Prince, U2, Andy Warhol, Frank Zappa, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Madness, David Bowie and Duran Duran.
Virginia also has a huge archive of social reportage work. She photographed people from many walks of life often in areas of the country suffering deprivation, unemployment and the impending end of industries that had sustained their communities eg. the closure of shipyards on the Clyde and the final days of Billingsgate Market. She covered many political events including Rock Against Racism, Anti Nazi League, Right to Work, demonstrations, marches, and conferences.