Ten years ago, photographer Jocelyn Bain Hogg immersed herself into the London underworld, which was dominated by the players who made their names in the 60s and 70s: Freddie Foreman; Tony Lambrianou; Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw; Bruce Reynolds; Reggie Kray; and Joey Pyle. Unique in his friendships with both the Krays and the Richardsons, who ran south London, Joey Pyle was one of the strongest figures in a sphere teeming with legends.
His influence extended across London for thirty years.
London’s Foto 8 Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition by Jocelyn Bain Hogg. Her impressive body of work offers an intimate look at UK organized crime and those that run it. The level of access to mob personnel allowed Hogg to capture a true, gritty look into the daily life of a mobster; including public functions, funerals, private parties, and some sombre debt collecting.
When the subject matter is something as intriguing as this, I am immediately drawn to it. Hogg has captured something unknown, and has done so impeccably.
The Family, published by Foto8, is out now. Copies of the book are available to purchase here as well as the limited edition book, complete with signed 8x10in silver gelatin print, handmade by the photographer.
The Family runs until the 14th of January 2012.
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