Photographing Paul Weller

Bradford Literature Festival

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    03 Jul

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    Red Brick

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    Doors open

Photographer Derek D’Souza has been taking pictures of Paul Weller since the early 80s. His book In the Crowd, on his work with The Jam, has just been reissued and revamped to mark its 40th anniversary, as well as to form part of an exhibition at the Barbican of some of his Weller photography.
Derek brings his work alive whilst talking to Dan Jennings, host of the Paul Weller fan podcast, Desperately Seeking Paul, about his work and relationship with Paul Weller and his family over the years.

About The Speaker

Derek D’Souza
Photographer Derek D Souza was just 22 years old when he got the call from Paul Weller’s mum to go and photograph his favourite band for their next single ‘Absolute Beginners’. It was 1981 and The Jam were at their height and for Derek, who had spent years hustling his way into gigs to take pictures of the band, it was a dream come true.
Over the last 40 years he has shot thousands of images of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller one of which is now in The National Portrait Gallery. His work has been published in numerous books, magazines and record sleeves and has been featured in a number of major exhibitions. He has also published two sold-out books: ‘In The Crowd Images of The Jam’ in 2013 and ‘In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of Albion,’ in August 2017.

About The Journalist

Dan Jennings
Host of The World’s first Paul Weller Fan Podcast. Ten years ago, Dan gave up his life’s dream and career as a radio presenter, with one big regret… Never getting to interview his hero, the legendary British musician Paul Weller.
His podcast ‘Desperately Seeking Paul’ exists purely to solve that issue… Launched in December 2020, it’ll celebrate its 100th episode this Summer. The podcast is regularly in the Top 5 Music & Music History Podcasts on Spotify and Apple, and is now part of the Sound Archive in the British Library – preserved for evermore.

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