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Ewen Spencer on finding his niche – and sticking with it

Creative Insight
We speak to the prolific documentarian of British subcultures about keeping his work relevant while examining youth culture through a more commercial lens
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Ewen Spencer is reflecting on the stark differences between documenting young people today compared to when he started out in the 90s. “People make their own photographs of themselves now, and that in itself has had an impact on how people behave, so when people go out they’re probably more aware of how they are perceived,” he tells CR. “People will go out almost for the sole purpose of being seen somewhere on social media. In a way, that perception has changed everything in terms of youth culture.”

From Ewen Spencer’s book UKG, published in 2013