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Nick Waplington

Nick Waplington has gone out of his way, literally and figuratively, to show he’s no slave to any one style or subject. He followed up his highly successful book Living Room (1991), focusing his modified British snapshot aesthetic on his friends in two working-class families living in the Nottingham council flats, with a book of antiheroic self-portraits in panoramic landscapes, Other Edens (1994), and then added the Living Room sequel, The Wedding (1996). Now comes “Safety in Numbers,” a deluge of images from the First World underground urban youth culture produced in transit from London to New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. Even within this latest project, one can pick out seven or eight different styles, from pore-close portraits to typological grids, from dreamy atmospheric landscapes to scrawled-word and collage pieces. So that’s, what, about ten styles in six years?

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