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Behind the Beat exhibition

An exploration of musical movements – Behind the Beat – will go on show at Spectrum Photographic during Brighton Fringe.

Curated by The Miniclick Photography Talks, Ali Tollervey and Spectrum, the exhibition will be open every weekend in May.

Behind the Beat is a group photography exhibition exploring the movements and scenes over the last 50 years defined by fashion, music, politics and stories associated with them.

Behind the Beat

The exhibition will take you on a journey through Teds, Punks, Mods, Rockers, Skins, Rudeboys, B Boys and Girls, Rave, Hardcore and Grime, with plenty in between.

It incorporates photographs from some of the UK’s most celebrated documentarians. Work from Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott, Derek Ridgers, Elaine Constantine, Ken Russell, Stuart Griffiths, Ali Tollervey, Gavin Watson, Olivia Rose and Paul Hallam will be on show.

In addition to the 10 artists, the exhibition also incorporates vernacular photographs and memorabilia submitted by the public. A unique new audio piece incorporates contemporary interviews with the faces from each scene, original news reports, documentary recordings and live music.

Behind the Beat
A Question of Honour ©2006 TopFoto/Ken Russell

Talk and discussion

As part of the exhibition, on Saturday, May 13, there will be an afternoon of talks and discussion.

It will feature Gavin Watson, Derek Ridgers, Dean Chalkley & Harris Elliott, Stuart Griffiths, Paul Hallam, Ali Tollervey, Olivia Rose and Hayley Brown (Brick Magazine).

Founder of Miniclick, Jim Stephenson, said: “First and foremost, the lineup of photographers showing in this exhibition is incredibly exciting.

“We’re looking at selected scenes from 1955 to 2017 and when they’re all mixed in together, it’s fascinating to see the common ground and lineage they share.

“Equally fascinating though have been the contributions from the public, in photos, flyers, posters, records and clothing and in the interviews we’ve been doing with people who were there, in the thick of it.”

Behind the Beat
© Elaine Constantine


Formed in Brighton in 2010, photography organisation Miniclick curates free talks and discussions.

It hosts participatory events, workshops and exhibitions and publishes affordable photography books and ‘zines. With the remit of being open and accessible to all, it experiments with different ways of looking at images.

Miniclick focuses on stories and ideas instead of kit and cameras.

Ali Tollervey

Ali Tollervey is a Brighton-based photographer and film maker, specialising in music and subculture.

Some of Tollervey’s earliest work covers the UK Hip Hop scene. More recently he has undertaken a long-form documentation of the band Dark Horses, collaborating with them in photography, film and visuals for their live shows.

Exhibition details

Behind The Beat is open every weekend in May from 10am to 6pm as part of Brighton Fringe.

It is being held at Spectrum Photographic,Frederick House, 42 Frederick Place, Brighton, BN1 4EA.

For more information visit the Facebook event page or follow @miniclicktalks on Twitter and Instagram.

Copy editing by Sheena Campbell.

Title image: Behind the Beat. Photography: Dean Chalkley / Creative Director: Harris Elliott. Copyright Holder: Dean Chalkley / Harris Elliott

Behind the Beat
© Gavin Watson