This issue of Essentials focuses on London-born photographer and filmmaker Will Robson-Scott. Since bursting onto the scene with 2009’s critically acclaimed Crack & Shine, a book based around the world of illegal graffiti artists in London, Robson-Scott has continued to use his work to shine a light on the fringes of society. His success lead to Crack & Shine International in 2011, which took the premise of the first release and applied it to a worldwide stage, showcasing the subculture of graffiti art in some of the worlds most famous cities. Over the course of his career Robson-Scott has worked with names such as The Independent, Vice Magazine, Time Out (London/New York City), Ministry of Sound and Esquire (UK/Russia). His latest work is the second video season of Crack & Shine, developed for the Vans OTW video channel, and focuses its content on cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Detroit, and Copenhagen and their respected communities of graffiti art.
Featured among Will Robson-Scott’s choice of Essentials is an expected plethora of photography equipment such as a Contax G2, Olympus MJU, and a Mamiya 7. The collection also includes travel fundamentals for Robson-Scott such as his passport, London tube map, bank card and metro tickets, along with a copy of the Crack & Shine International book to make those long journeys more interesting.