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Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat

Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat


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Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat

Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat in Streatham, South London.
10th April 1970

Bill Rowntree
Sunday Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
England
70 3323

Media ID 21822731

© Mirrorpix

Boots Braces Footwear Moody Mother Parent Social History Subculture Teenagers Youth Culture 1970 Expressions


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In this print captured by Bill Rowntree, we are transported back to the vibrant and rebellious era of 1970s youth culture. Fifteen-year-old skinhead Chris Harward stands proudly alongside his mother Joan in their modest flat in Streatham, South London. The image encapsulates the essence of teenagehood during a time when fashion was not just about trends but also a powerful form of self-expression. Chris's attire speaks volumes about his affiliation with the subculture - from his moody expression to his iconic boots, braces, and carefully chosen clothing. Each element is meticulously put together to create an identity that challenges societal norms. Yet amidst this striking display of individuality, there is also a tender moment shared between mother and son. Joan's presence serves as a reminder that even within unconventional subcultures, family bonds remain strong. Her support for her son's choices shines through as they pose together for this snapshot in time. This photograph offers us a glimpse into the complexities of adolescence and the ever-evolving nature of youth culture throughout history. It invites us to reflect on our own experiences growing up while reminding us that beneath every bold exterior lies a child seeking acceptance and understanding from those closest to them. Bill Rowntree's skillful lens captures not only an extraordinary moment frozen in time but also sparks curiosity about what happened next for these two individuals who dared to challenge conventions with their unique style choices.

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