Following on from The Beautiful Game comes Simon’s look at the darker side of football. If you grew up in England (or pretty much anywhere in Europe) during the Seventies and Eighties, then you won’t have been able to escape the headlines as football moved from the back pages of the newspapers to the front, with news of the bitter rivalries and turf wars between fans that led to pitched battles across the country.
Having spent the majority of this time hiding their faces from the camera in case a custodial sentence followed, some of the most notorious figures from this era are now part of this powerful portrait study, proving that people, as well as times, change.
The exhibition kicks off next month at Sydney’s Special Group Gallery, which itself holds special significance for Simon – it was the location of his first studio in Australia. Back when the ground floor was the Ray Hughes Gallery, a young Simon worked out of the first floor, meaning that this exhibition is something of a homecoming.
The opening night is on 6 May – hope to see you there!