Martin Andersen depicts a culture with all its dramas

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Martin Andersen was born in 1972 in Denmark and is a photographer, art director and designer based in South London where he runs thecreative studio Andersen M. His photographic work has been published and exhibited internationally in China, France, Japan, Mexico, UK and USA. Additionally, Andersen has directed music videos for artists such as The Breeders, Lush, Iceage and Lowly and created films for Channel 4, Discovery Channel and ITV.

His film works won many international awards and both his design and photography have been exhibited internationally. Moreover, Martin Anderson also teaches at Central Saint Martins, School of Fashion, London and at Cambridge (CSVPA).

About ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ – words by Martin Andersen:

Photographer and life-long Tottenham Hotspur fan, Martin Andersen has turned his camera on his fellow fans in order to create the project called Can’t Smile Without You. That’s an intimate and often visceral collection of photographs taken at home, away, and across Europe from 2013 until 2017 with the last game played at the White Hart Lane stadium. Selected and edited from over one hundred different games, Andersen presents this authentic and unflinching documentation of the fans and their resultant relationships and community. His imagery depicts the drama, tensions, and raw emotions involved in such unwavering support of a football team that infiltrates every part of life.

Capturing a rapidly changing culture and a unique moment in Tottenham Hotspur’s history following the demolition of the 118 years old stadium at White Hart Lane at the end of the 2016/17 season, the monochrome images in Can’t Smile Without You also have a timeless quality that transcends the recent era they were taken in. These could be images of any diehard football fans and of the associated rituals, pre and post match, that are an integral part of being one.

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13 February 2020
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