During spring 2003 at The Economist Tower we presented a unique project by British photographer, Catherine Shakespeare Lane.
Shot 30 years ago The Jacket features a series of 100 photographs of 100 men, some now senior figures in the Economist Group as well as some well know Soho celebrities, wearing the same leather jacket that was rescued from a Chelsea skip in 1973, standing against the same brick wall.
Soho figures such as the Bernard brothers, Jeffrey & Bruce, Frank Norman, Harry Diamond, The Colony Room owners and members, actors, including John Hurt, a couple of Lords, The Marquis of Queensberry, Alexander of Tunis and numerous other personalities from the years 1973-1976. The Economist Group members, both current and former, represented in the photographs include Pip Piper, Robert Dunbar and David Gordon (former Secretary of The Royal Academy and currently Director of The Milwaukee Art Museum).
Shakespeare Lane lives and works in London as a professional photographer. Her practice, spanning 30 years has involved collecting found images and objects some of which are used as the subject of photographs, some of which are fused with photographs taken by Shakespeare Lane through careful selection, arrangement and presentation. Her work has been show throughout Britain including exhibitions at The Royal Academy, Bradford City Art Gallery, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Southampton University, A22 Gallery, London and The Colony Room.
Photographic printing supported by Metro Imaging and mounting by Team Photographic.