the coolest new musicians of the 21st Century
An exhibition of photographs by Paul Brooking
Is 'star quality' something which artists assume as they journey through the glare of publicity or are they born with it?
Tomorrow People, a photographic exhibition at the London School of Economics and Political Science from Thursday 30 March to Saturday 15 April, explores this question through a collection of photographs of five of the most widely-tipped, but currently underground, music artists.
Photographer Paul Brooking explains: "When we look at photographs of present day icons, our familiarity with their image won't allow us to separate the real person from the 'star'. But we can begin to understand the nature of stardom when we look at the stars of tomorrow. They are strangers to us, their faces unfamiliar, but if there is such a phenomenon as the 'natural born star' then it should be detectable at any stage."
According to the views of journalists, A&R and music publishers, the artists featured in Tomorrow People are expected to be soaking up the media spotlight very shortly. They are all signed to major labels and have singles and albums scheduled for imminent release.
The free, public exhibition at LSE's Clement House, Aldwych, London, will juxtapose gritty, black and white reportage images with full colour styled and staged photographs.
Clement House is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Contact: Paul Brooking: T: 020 8560 4900. Email: email@example.com More information at: www.paulbrooking.com
This is the fifth exhibition in the Art at LSE programme which aims to offer artists a central London space, while enhancing LSE for students, staff and visitors. LSE is the world's leading social science institution, with 6,500 full-time students from more than 130 countries worldwide.
This exhibition and public lectures are part of LSE's contribution to London's String of Pearls Millennium Festival. For further details on the Festival, contact the String of Pearls office on 020 7665 1540 or (Link - no longer available)
Biography details of Paul Brooking and information on the musicians photographed follows:
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The artists to be featured in the exhibition are:
Syze-Up/Word of Mouth BMG: Jazzie B style producer/writer/arranger records under the band name of 'Desert Eagle Discs'. Remixes for Aretha Franklin, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Lil'Kim, Simply Red and Jamiroquoi. Guesting on his forthcoming album will be Beverly Knight and a single out next year features a duet between Mica Paris and Omar.
Elevator Suite/Mushroom Infectious: Cool laid-back beats reminiscent of Stereo MC's, Debut single 'Man in a Towel' record of the week for Jo Whiley and Zoe Ball.
New single due in March/April Backaround.
Johnson/Sony: Acoustic soul/folk, well-received debut this year with much critical acclaim, change of style for this year's release with very strong crossover potential. Single due in March/April.
Lucie Silvas/EMI: Big EMI signing, debut release due at time of exhibition, currently supporting Macy Gray and M People. Crossover soul.
Southern Fly/London: Indie-psychedelic-funk. Debut single 'For Real' receiving a lot of Xfm airplay and indie press support. Album due March.
Tomorrow People is a project born out of Paul Brooking's passion for both new music and photography. Paul has recently returned to photography after seeing club chart success himself as a writer and musician. His music background gives him a natural empathy with the subjects of the Tomorrow People exhibition and is the inspiration for the project.
Since his debut in photography in 1997, his work has been well received. He was selected for an exhibition of fashion photography by Couture Hosiery at The Anton Mosimann Academy and '9 1/2 Months', his study of the female form was featured in The Association of Photographers 'Spotlight' exhibition. He pursues these personal projects between lifestyle commissions from luxury hotels.
He originally learnt the creative secrets of the medium while assisting and later producing for, London's leading advertising photographers. The campaigns he worked on included famous ads for Levi's, Heineken, BMW and Porsche. His experience of advertising has left him with a distant respect for the industry mixed with a degree of cynicism which sets his current photography apart from the pure commercialism of the advertising scene.
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18 February 2000