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PORTRAITS FROM SOHO VILLAGE FETE 2013 by JAYNE TAYLOR

SOHO A VILLAGE AT THE CENTRE OF A CITY


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Fete poster design by Glen Baxter


SOHO A VILLAGE AT THE CENTRE OF A CITY

On 7th July 2013, in collaboration with The Soho Society, photographer Jayne Taylor set up a free portrait booth at the Soho Village Fete to create a representation of this slice of “village life” at the very heart of London. A single 5”x4” instant photograph was made at each sitting, and each person was invited to write a personal message dedicated to Soho. This is a selection of pictures and messages from the day, and forms part of a wider photographic project by the photographer, called Long Live Soho! The Soho Society was set up in the 1970s to represent local residents and businesses, successfully fighting controversial plans to redevelop the area at the time. The Society also took over the running of the village fete, a local festival of music, food & fun which started out as Soho Fair in the 1950s.


Leslie J Hardcastle - Soho resident & President of The Soho Society


Mary Swan - Soho neighbour (sporting the Fete raffle-hat)


Franco Scintu - Soho resident (& Human Fruit Machine at the Fete)


The Brothers Grimm - Amsterdam-based caberet duo (formerly of Soho)


Tim Baros - Soho resident (previously of Greenwich Village, New York)


Spyridon Koskinos - Soho resident & Membership Secretary of The Soho Society


Clive Jennings - Soho neighbour (Fitzrovia) & contributor to The Soho Clarion


Laurence Lynch - Soho resident, playwright & plumber


Eve Ferret - singer at the Soho Village Fete


John Hamilton & Kate Denham - both Soho residents


Maris Sants - artist & Soho resident


Bob O’Dell & David Gleeson - Soho residents & members of The Soho Society Executive Committee


Lewis Dunkley - first-time visitor to Soho Village Fete


Simon Buckley (with his dog Betty) - Priest-in-Charge, Soho St Anne’s


Margaret Bloomer - Soho resident


George Skeggs - artist & Soho neighbour (Covent Garden)


Robert Rubbish - (artist) & Johnny Spitfire (producer); Soho regulars


William Corbett - author & Soho DJ


[L to R] Dave McGowan [words], Lee Drysdale & Mark Powell - Mark is a Soho resident & bespoke tailor


Dan Mitchell - Soho neighbour & organiser of Drug Addicts Anonymous charity stand at the Fete


Mark Powell [words] with son Max & daughter Ellie


Joan Martyr - of Museum of Soho (& retired costume-maker for the Paul Raymond Revue)


William Drummond - Soho devotee & neighbour (Albany)


Ruby Venezuela - drag-queen extraordinaire & performer at the Village Fete


Mandana Ruane - Fete Organiser (with dog Jezebel); & Georgina Phibbs [words] - Snail Racing Organiser


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All images (except poster art) Š Jayne Taylor 2013.

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Portraits from Soho Village Fete, London, 2013 | Jayne Taylor

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