The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Photographic Dossier (3)

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Richard Oughton [+-]
Focusing on underground British subcultures including Northern Soul, Mod, Ska and Skinhead with their pathognomic aesthetic & rituals, Richard Oughton explores the exceptional dynamic between people & their all-consuming passion be it music, scooters or fashion. Of integral importance to his work, Richard narrates the importance of both individual identity & collective sense of camaraderie that underpins these cultural movements. First introduced to the Northern Soul scene by a now good friend, Richard has rapidly established himself as a popular & integral purveyor of images reflecting the Northern Soul scene as it evolves today.


The photographs chosen for this dossier focus on current participation within the Northern Soul scene and bring together images from a range of British and European events, focusing on the multigenerational nature of contemporary Northern Soul participation. Through his work, Richard seeks to harness the unsurpassed power & immediacy of the photographic image to record the intense physicality & emotional connection between dancer & music - as both a deeply personal & collective experience. Previous bodies of work include documenting the emergence of The Wigan Young Souls whose attitude, aesthetic & dynamism provide a contemporary insight evocative of the original scene as an underground youth movement.

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Oughton, Richard. Photographic Dossier (3). The Northern Soul Scene. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 287-291 Feb 2019. ISBN 9781781795583. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36972. Feb 2019

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