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BEN WATTS: BIG UP
Ben Watts

Princeton Architectural Press, 2003
Hardcover
Unnumbered pages
Full colour photographs and collage
ISBN: 156898412X

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'Big Up' is a Jamaican expression used in dancehall music to give respect. As Aretha Franklin once sang, 'R-E-S-P-C-T! Find out what it means to me!'

Ben Watts, photographer for Vibe, has taken this request to heart. In his work he shows his appreciation for people, their identity and culture, by letting them be themselves and capturing their essence on film. Big Up, with its broad, vigorous, and tender range of portraits, collages, and fusion of mediums, is a sweet, irreverent valentine to being young and intensely alive. Watts brings a generous energetic attention to his vision of youth, which cuts across class, race, and locations throughout the world.

 

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