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Iain McKell: The New Gypsies, a Different Way of Life, Simplicity and Freedom...

Posted: 08/28/11 01:07 PM ET

London based photographer Iain McKell offers an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of a real and raw group of present-day nomads whose culture is built around ideals of freedom, nature, and simplicity. The New Gypsies are British horse drawn travelers. The movement began in 1986 when a group of Post-Punk Anti-Thatcher protesters headed out of London into the English countryside.

Iain McKell spent the last 10 years documenting and living with travelers of all ages: parents, children, couples and loners. His use of fashion aesthetics, a romanticized pallet of colors, and his intentional rejection of many of the visual traits of traditional documentary photography, offers a beautiful series of photographs of this invisible and ignored community.

Known for his work around youth subculture, Iain McKell's photographs have appeared in numerous major publications such a i-D, V, Italian Vogue and Sunday Times.

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Courtesy Iain McKell / Clic Gallery, NYC
The New Gypsies at Clic Gallery, NYC
August 29 - October 2, 2011
Opening reception and book launching
September 15, 6-8pm
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