This Was Our Scene

By photographer Gregory Nolan

Thursday 18th January 2018

'This Was Our Scene' is an exhibition and book by Irish photographer Gregory Nolan. Captured from the venue floors, stages, and the after parties of London's '00s indie music scene.

Greg's images go beyond concert or band photography. While there are recognisable names, from The Libertines and Amy Winehouse to Noel Fielding and The Killers, this exhibition is about more than just the stars. He documented the people and places too. Artists, fans, venues, gigs, clubs and parties in all their style and glory. All the elements that made Indie at that moment in time - a subculture.

"These fleeting moments of euphoria, abandon and hedonism would be lost to memory if it wasn't for people like Greg. He captured the spirit of those nights perfectly, and he was one of the gang. His photographs capture a moment in time when anything felt possible, and he was always there in the right place at the right time." Dan Wilson, Black Wire.

He launched the exhibition in his native Dublin at Fumbally Exchange in October 2017 and took it to London's Carnaby Street in December 2017. The show immediately extended due to demand.

Greg plans to tour the exhibition in the UK in 2018, for an advance view of selected images you can check out our exclusive gallery of images below.

Read our Interview & Playlist with Greg here.

"Greg was a fixture of the scene from the start and provided us with some very cherished photos from the time. As we grew and the scene with it Greg's photos became an essential record of some of the best nights of our lives." Bryn Fowler, The Holloways.

Frank Turner provides the foreword to the book: a central character in the original scene and one of many recognisable faces throughout who went onto mainstream success. The book is available for purchase here.

"Greg was absolutely integral to the indie scene in London in its halcyon days, where I started out as a musician and met most of my closest friends. The shots in the show capture the spirit and energy of that unique moment in history perfectly; looking through them took me back there vividly." Frank Turner.

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