Online: Book launch and talk: When I was at Art School in the 90s

Launch of a new zine by photographer Marc Vallée, including talks and Q&A.

About this event

The School of Art, Architecture and Design is delighted to welcome photographer and alumnus Marc Vallée back to the school to celebrate the launch his new zine, When I Was at Art School in the 90s, which features images from his time as a student at what was then The Cass in Aldgate. The event will feature a talk by Marc and artist Jamie Atherton who features in some of the work and wrote the introduction to the book, followed by a Q and A.

“Marc was an MA student, a little older and more worldly than us. He carried a skateboard and had met Derek Jarman. He was a flirt, unabashed about his sexuality, which of course informed his horny, boy-crazy work. But that was by no means the entirety of what his camera saw. Revisiting these pictures I realise they’re not just about the erotics of half-naked pasty twinks lounging around (although they certainly are about that), but moreover seem to invite us into an almost spectral realm between the real and unreal, a sort of photographic witching hour.” – Extract from the foreword by Jamie Atherton.


Marc Vallée is a London-based documentary photographer whose work is focused on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s prints are held in public and private collections including the Museum of London. Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Foundation hold his zines and photobooks in their collections.

Marc graduated from The School of Art, Architecture and Design (then known as The Cass) with a MA by Project in Art, Design and Visual Culture in 1999 and Fine Art BA in 1997.

Jamie Atherton is an artist working with performance, writing, drawing and video. He is the founder and editor of Failed States, a journal that collates and investigates ideas around place. Jamie is interested in the potential for research, collaboration, assembly and dissemination within the publishing process.

Two young boys lying in trendy pants and shirtless
Date/time Online: Thursday 26 November 2020, 7pm to 8pm
Watch recorded talk on Vimeo When I was at Art School in the 90s
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Book launch and talk: When I was at Art School in the 90s by Marc Vallée

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