• Portable Studio
  • Portable Studio
  • Portable Studio
  • Portable Studio
Portable Studio
By Trevor Appleson 832 pp and 32pp booklet, ISBN: 978-1-86154-380-6 155 x 210mm Portrait November 2017

An exploration of youth and identity created by photographer Trevor Appleson in a dialogue with his young sitters, told through his portraits and their personal archives of digital and material ephemera. The resulting archive is a fascinating insight into contemporary youth culture.

In 2014, Trevor Appleson took to the streets of Birmingham, UK with his portable studio, photographing young people as they shopped, partied, studied and hung-out. He followed up with a series of conversations with his subjects, exploring youth and identity through material culture. Over a period of a year Appleson invited them to create their own archives using what was important to them. The result is a fascinating mix of the physical and the digital from crumpled diaries to blog pages, from memory boxes to online search histories, offering a unique insight into the lives of the different sitters and their culture.

Portable Studio inverts the traditional idea of the studio portrait/street photograph - the snapshot now a starting point from which to develop multi-faceted and paradoxically intimate representations of identity.

Commissioned by The Library of Birmingham and MAC Birmingham with the support of Arts Council England, Trevor Appleson’s a solo show about youth culture took place at The Midlands Arts Centre in 2015.

Other notable solo shows include The Stanley Picker Gallery (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (USA), Hales Gallery (London, UK), The Jerwood Foundation (London, UK), and Galerie S65 Cologne (Germany).

His works are included in numerous public and private collections. Appleson’s two previous books Los Loss and Free Ground are published by Booth-Clibborn Editions.