Louis Theroux, Glenda Jackson and Snow Patrol star in YOUYOU photography exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 04 January 2012
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A photo of a man in glasses sipping from a tea cup
© Lauren Pratt
A series of portraits including candid snaps of documentary maker Louis Theroux and chart-topping bands Jamiroquai and Snow Patrol feature in a set of 40 images made by ten prodigious photographers as part of a ten-month mentoring scheme in London.

MP Glenda Jackson, Channel 4 presenter Miquita Oliver and artists Gavin Turk and Bompas and Parr are among the sitters for YOUYOU, a scheme which has sought out the finest aspiring protégés across London, Essex and the South-East.

The group spent last year absorbing masterclasses from the likes of Richard Bailey and Andy Fallon, leading to the Discovering Hidden Talent show at The Strand Gallery.

A photo of a woman in a suit portrayed in profile
MP Glenda Jackson is one of the sitters
© Lauren Pratt
"It was an amazing privilege to photograph Glenda Jackson and [chef] Fergus Henderson," said George Muigua, a 17-year-old from North-West London who was "over the moon" to have won a place on the project.

"YOUYOU has been a life-line for me because I had no outlet to focus my interests.

"I have a passion for photography and would borrow my sister's camera to take pictures. I've learnt so much from Richard Bailey, my mentor."

The pupils were encouraged to develop their flair and imagination by sessions focusing on music, celebrity, commercial and editorial photography.

They were described as "charming" and "clearly bursting with talent" by Theroux, who posed for behind-the-scenes photos at the London Underground Restaurant.

  • CLOSE-UP: Discovering Hidden Talent runs until January 8 2012. The Strand Gallery, John Adam Street, London. Open 11am-7pm. Admission free.

More pictures:

A photo of a man in a refreshments van daydreaming
Artist Gavin Turk has a daydream
© Chloe Thacker
A photo of two men in suits dabbing at each others' faces with paint
Jelly debonairs Bompas and Parr were in playful mood
© Andy Fallon, Jenny Wickens, Pauline Richardson
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