Holly Whitaker


Photo: Ellen Offredy

Name, where are you from?
Holly, London

Describe your style in three words?
Jeans + nice top.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
One was definitely Thee Oh Sees at Green Man 2017, their presence and sound on stage is absolutely mesmerising, I just went to see Young Fathers and their live show is so incredible, really exciting to watch.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Women in 70s Punk/Ska - Siouxsie, The Slits, Poly Styrene, Pauline Black and others were the first people to really inspire me to do music photography; capturing women in a very male-heavy environment doing more exciting music and defying the sexism/racism/lack of respect they received in the venues they played and industry they were involved in.

Northern Soul as well. The music and fashion and dancing really intrigued me - my dad used to go to Wigan Casino to dance and I’ve loved the culture of it ever since he told me stories.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Poly Styrene I think! For so many reasons, she was just incredible, everyone should read up on her!

Holly Whitaker has photographed many of the bands that have emerged from the London and Brixton scene, including Goat Girl, Black Midi, Shame, Jockstrap and Nilüfer Yanya, to name just a few, establishing herself as one of the prominent documenters of the movement. Her work has appeared in Femme Collective, Clash and other forward-looking publications. 

Find out more at www.holly-whitaker.com

Follow Holly Whitaker on Instagram at @hollyemmw

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