Simon Wheatley: Inner-City Youth, London

by Winston "Stone" Ford


As Americans, we don't even know what goes down in Europe on a daily basis. The riots in France uncovered a grim reality over there. Among the glittering palaces of many of the countries fabled city centers, there is disheartening amounts of racism, poverty, crime, and hopelessness.

Photographer Simon Wheatley spent 2 years photographing the youth of London's council estates (housing projects). During those years, he's photographed these kids in their own element, with no gloss or sugarcoating. The photo essay also showcases some UK grime MC's such as Crazy Titch, Fumin', and Kano.

Magnum in Motion and Slate produced the interactive essay. More pics after the jump, but I might have to take them down soon. (Props to L Dog for the link)



  • carlin miner

    hey simon i love your youth in inner london story! and i’m wondering if you will tell me about your life, and about your pholosiphy on photography? i am in a photography class at my high school in provo utah usa and i’m doing a papre on you so, will you please email me back at

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