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A CELEBRATION OF THE KING BY CAMPBELL MITCHELL

Following its successful run at the RichMix Gallery in Bethnal Green, London, photographer Campbell Mitchell launches VIVA, a solo photographic exhibition at Tinderbox Charing Cross, Glasgow, celebrating both the glitz and glamour of the UK Elvis Tribute Artists and the staggering impact that Elvis Presley continues to have upon us, forty years after his death.

VIVA showcases the devotion and obsession of Elvis fans and their musical tribalism that has become a religion. The photographs detail the mania of fans at the Elvis Tribute events and, exclusively reveal homes of some of the most obsessive fans in the country – people who have turned their entire houses into shrines to their idol.

Campbell spent many nights documenting various Elvis Tribute Acts – attending the Elvis Four Nations competition and following one of the biggest ETAs - the consummate former World Champion Elvis Tribute Act, Mr. Johnny Lee Memphis. The resulting images are of performers in full flight, in custom-made costumes – channelling the power and pomp of one of the twentieth century’s most electrifying and charismatic stage performers. It was during these concerts that the focus of VIVA began to shift has Campbell spent more and more time with the fans, gaining exclusive access to the shrine-like homes of some of the most obsessed fans in the UK.

The final piece of VIVA focuses on the vast merchandising industry that keeps Elvis near the top of the show business earnings list decades after his death. This stream of novelty items and memorabilia is bought by obsessive fans, desperate to get close to the object of their devotion. The photographs show a distorted and nakedly commercial side to the King’s legacy.

Viva runs from 20th. January 2018 until the end of February. There will be an Exhibition Opening Night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday 19th. January, featuring an all-Elvis DJ set by Mark Percival (ex BBC Scotland and Xfm), and a special live performance by Elvis Tribute Artiste Johnny Lee Memphis (European Elvis Champion, World Cup Champion.

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Campbell Mitchell

Campbell’s eye has long been drawn to the quirky, the strange and the obsessive. Previous exhibitions have seen images of run-down English seaside towns printed on beach bags, the chronicling of a single view of a Glasgow park from dawn to dusk, and a two and a half year hunt for members of the public wearing numbers on T-shirts from 1 to 100, finishing in an installation of the resulting 100 photographs in a large10x10 grid.

He has a first class honours degree in photography from the University of the West of Scotland and won the Court Medal in both his final two years as well as the Schools of Creative Industries Prize for best creative project and best research project.

In addition to his photography, Campbell regularly works as a Standby Props person with filmmakers such as Stephen Frears, Guy Ritchie, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ken Loach.

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