It feels really good to be hosting this new community-focussed football show right now, especially with the announcement this week about the possible formation of a new, elitist European Super League.
Photographer Justin Slee has been a friend of the shop since our earliest days. A professional photographer, he has spent a great deal of his time making us look good via the lens of his camera and we have always loved his work. Justin is also a dyed-in-the-wool Leeds United fan, and has followed his team his whole life, through all the ups and the downs.
It is unsurprising to us that 'United Revolución', his recent photo book and this new accompanying exhibition, finds his lens among scarf wearing fans, wandering through red brick terraces, documenting the flourishing mural art, and lingering upon details of Elland Road - the home of Leeds United since their formation in 1919. This is a fans' eye view of football, it's a view that we need to hold on to, it is the reason that the clubs exist - we need to remember that.
‘United Revolución’ is a visual document of Elland Road football stadium captured between 2018-2020 - of the ground, the fans that bring it to roaring life and the city of Leeds itself. This is a story of football as community, as family, as memory and as passion (the essays accompanying the images inside the book are a glorious testament to that) - but it’s also about the change, rebirth and new hope that has bloomed under the stewardship of enigmatic Argentine head coach, Marcelo Bielsa.
This timely exhibition brings together a carefully curated selection of A2 photographic prints from Justin's recent book. Alongside these works, there are posters, prints, pins and postcards that are available to buy. We also have a limited number of signed copies of the book to purchase.
"Side before self every time"
- Billy Bremner