Rowan Atkinson 1978
Here are just a few examples of the riches presented by photojournalist/filmmaker Paul Yule’s highly recommended Instagram feed @paul_yule.
he arrival of ex-President Richard Nixon. Oxford, 1978.
Nixon was making a visit to the university to speak at The Oxford Union – it was the first time he’d appeared in public since his resignation some four years earlier. There’s a sense of his isolation here.
Divine and Molly Parkin, 1980. Taken at the London premiere of ‘The Alternative Miss World’ at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill.
Gary Kasparov, 1986.
The World Chess Champion in London while preparing for his match against Karpov – he was perhaps the greatest player in history.
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood at Paul Yule’s studio in Berwick Street, Soho, central London, 1980
Bow Wow Wow singer Anabella L’win and manager Malcolm McLaren at L’Escargot restaurant in Greek Street, Soho, immediately prior to the group signing with RCA Records, 1981
Westwood with freshly printed t-shirts bearing the design She’s Dead I’m Alive I’m Yours, produced upon the death in New York of Sid Vicious’ girlfriend Nancy Spungen, October 1978
John Gielgud, 1982
Yule – whose distinguished track record includes 30-odd films – regularly updates his IG account with images from his archive of portraiture and reportage. These reveal Yule’s consistency in casting familiar figures from the worlds of art, design, fashion, film, literature, music and theatre in new lights.
By no means restricting his activities to the UK, Yule has worked all over the world, from South Africa (where he was born) to the Sinai Desert to Peru, and shot a wide variety of subjects, from politicians to peasant life.
Fashion designer Paul Smith in the studio above his shop in Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, 1990
Rehearsal for an OUDS production of Cabaret at the Oxford Playhouse directed by Greg Herzov, 1976
All photos as they appear on @paul_yule by his kind permission.
Find out more about Paul Yule’s work at his website here.