SIMON PEPPER PHOTOGRAPHY
Icons IN THE PARK
IMAGES FROM BRIGHTON PRIDE (2016 - 2019) taken live at PRESTON PARK...
23rd JULY - 7th September 2022
Featuring global artists...
Nile Rodgers & Chic
At The Ledward Centre, Brighton BN1, Jubilee Square Brighton
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KYLIE MINOGUE IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHT TO DARENOTE LTD
Nile Rodgers Brighton Pride 2018
Brighton and Hove Pride began with a gay demonstration in Brighton in October 1972 by The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) and a full pride march in July 1973.
Pride returned to the city in 1991 with the Brighton Area Action Against Section 28 which brought hundreds to the streets.The first contemporary Pride took place in 1992 and began to increase significantly in size in future years with the support of sponsors, pubs, clubs and drag artists. Since 1996, the park festival has been based at Preston Park.
Pride events have traditionally been an environment for celebrating the diversity of the lesbian and gay community. In 2002 Pride in Brighton & Hove agreed to explicitly include and reference the trans community making that year’s Pride for the first time an LGBT event.
In 2004, Brighton Pride became a charity, to develop the event, to advance public education – by raising awareness of issues affecting LGBT people, and to make grants and donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations in the area. Since 2012, Pride has been under new management and has raised over £700,000 for local LGBT community groups over the past six years. The theme of the most recent event in 2019 was ‘Generations of Love’ which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in the US, seen as a watershed moment for gay rights and the starting point for the Pride movement. Gay icon Kylie Minogue was the headline act for Pride In The Park which was one of the most spectacular shows Sussex has ever seen.
Kylie Minogue, Australia’s biggest export, headlined in 2019, she knocked the crowd out of the park with her spectacular 90 minute set. Grace Jones delivered a powerful, colourful set to the audience’s delight. Other stars over the last few years include Britney Spears, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Jessie Ware, The House Gospel choir, Emeli Sandé, Fluer East and Jess Glynn.
The Ledward centre first recommended by the Count Me In Too report ten years ago - the creation of an LGBTQ+ centre had been a dream of the community for years. Now, thanks to the Rainbow Fund – the charity which benefits from the money raised by Brighton Pride and other community events – it’s a dream that is about to come true.
BRIGHTON BASED PHOTOGRAPHER
I’ve been developing my photography style, learning new skills as a visual artist over the last 5 years. My main focus is portraiture, producing images for mainly artists in the performing arts. I love photographing people both candidly and posed - capturing their emotions, personality and style! I also enjoy photographing Brighton’s colourful blend of life, land and seascapes and am thrilled to be part of the Pixel Gallery.
In my early career, I worked in the media/arts and entertainment industries in London as a model booker, actors talent agent/scout, as well as working on fashion/lifestyle publications ES & Stella Magazines. I trained in Fashion & Design in London and more recently studied photography/editing & design at the Brighton MET.
I was lucky enough to officially photograph my lifelong idol, Kylie Minogue - and Grace Jones at Brighton & Hove Pride in 2019. I’ve also produced covers and content for (G)Sence (local LGBTQ+ magazine) and worked with Sussex Life Magazine.
I’m always learning new skills and have tried my hand in most genres of photography, from local celebrities such as Miss Jason to charity & events for the Martin Fisher Foundation & World Aids Day. I love to travel and hope to explore and photograph more of the world - oh and of course an album cover for Kylie!