Intrigued initially by a controversial urban regeneration scheme in south London in the summer of 1998, Simon Wheatley went on to focus on the youth of the inner-city, chronicling the era of grime music as it evolved into the dominant sound of London’s housing estates.

He also shot extensively in similar urban areas of France and Holland while compiling the photographs that would form 'DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime'.

He ventured into film-making soon after the release of the book in 2011 with narrative based music videos, and continues to mix video and stills photography, enjoying both the complexity of the former and the simplicity of the latter as he searches for greater creative expression and paths beyond his 'documentary' roots.

 

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