ABOUT

I have always had an obsession with design, photography and music.  In 1981 I graduated from Camberwell College of Art and Design with first class Honours and my degree show included the design of the debut album cover for Spandau Ballet, ‘Journeys To Glory’. This was shortly followed by Sade’s debut album cover, the ubiquitous ‘Diamond Life’.

 

By the nineties I had art directed a broad selection of consumer magazines including Cosmopolitan. I diversified into contract titles and got short listed for ‘Designer of the year’ in both the MDA and APA awards: In 2004 for art directing Toni&Guy magazine, and in 2007 for the design of the luxury hotel magazines Mal Life and De Vere Deluxe.

 

In 2009 I was short listed in the BSME Awards for ‘Art Director of the year’ of Arise - Africa’s global style and culture magazine, the title also won ‘Launch of the year’.

 

I had a book, ‘We Can Be Heroes - Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion - London Clubland 1976-84’, published by Unbound in 2012. The book is based on a collection of over 500 photographs that I had taken, it is the definitive tale of this influential and fascinating period of youth subculture.

 

When it comes to relaxation I am passionate about the Northern Soul scene, and have designed a series of sleeves for Kent Records. I still enjoy a good dance.

 

I live in Bushey, Hertfordshire with my wife Lorraine, who is a psychotherapist and have two grown up children, Carla and Dexter.

 

 MY BOOK

WE CAN BE HEROES

(Punks, poseurs, peacocks and people of a particular persuasion)

London Clubland 1976-1984

You can see more from my book at

www.wecanbeheroesbook.co.uk

 

It is available from

www.unbound.co.uk or Amazon

PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN and INTERVIEWS
GRAHAM SMITH
MAIN TEXT
CHRIS SULLIVAN

FOREWORDS
BOY GEORGE, GARY KEMP and STEVE STRANGE

INTRODUCTION

ROBERT ELMS