Memphis Young Soul by Simon Emmett

With artists like Otis Redding, Booker T. & the M.G.’s and Rufus Thomas on their books, Stax Records was the chief architect of the Memphis soul sound in the 1960s, putting the Tennessee city firmly on the musical map. The chief rival to Detroit’s Motown Records, the label later dropped off the scene in the 70s, and today the site is occupied by the Stax Museum of American Soul and the Stax Musical Academy. The latter, founded in 2000, is an award-winning after-school and summertime music academy, fostering emerging talent from one of the US’s poorest ZIP codes. It’s to this community that British photographer Simon Emmett, who has famously shot for Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire and many more, trained his lens in May 2016. Scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the label’s iconic European tour, which catapulted it to international renown, and the 60th anniversary of the label as a whole, Emmett’s photographs—which brilliantly capture the heart of the area still known as Soulsville, USA—are on display at Leica Store Mayfair for the next week. Go along and see the faces of the future.

Memphis Young Soul by Simon Emmett (until August 2) at Leica Store Mayfair, 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ (020 7629 1351); @simonemmett; @leicauk

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