It’s August, the bank holiday is looming and that means it is time for the largest street festival celebration of it’s kind, the Notting Hill Carnival. This year is the year of the “Makers of Carnival”
In one of the most exciting photograhic projects living London legend, Pennie Smith, is being commissioned by Red Stripe to shoot the people behind the scenes who bring the largest street festival in Europe to life.
Her first major photographic commission was to cover a 1970s Led Zeppelin tour. Since then she has photographed the world’s rock legends, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Iggy Pop, The Jam, Siouxsie Sioux, Debbie Harry, U2, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers,Radiohead, Blur, Oasis , David Smith and The Strokes. The list seems endless.
Her photograph of seminal Punk band The Clash’s Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar on the stage in New York during a 1979 tour went on to be used on the cover of the Clash album London Calling, and received Q magazine’s “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time” award in 2002. NME gave her their annual “Godlike Genius Award”, and the photograph has even become a postage stamp.
Pennie Smith is a black and white reportage photographer who works with an old Pentax, in 35mm, and smokes cheroots.
This latest project will be showcased at poster sites during the Notting Hill Carnival this year as part of the now familiar “Make with a Red Stripe” campaign, celebrating the true creators behind Notting Hill Carnival – the talents who make one of the world’s most famous events happen.