Eddie Otchere is a London born photographer who began his career in 1993 after graduating from the London College of Printing. He most famously followed and shot the incredible Wu-Tang Clan for over 5 years, demonstrating his dedication to the art form and sheer passion in getting the shot right. As well as the Clan, Otchere photographed many Icons such as Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Aaliyah and Timbaland to name just a few.
Over the time spent with the Wu-Tang Clan, Otchere managed to photograph each one of the members and built up a friendly relationship with some such as Method Man. Earlier this month on May 9th - marking the day that Hip Hop legend Biggie Smalls died, he held his Wu-Tang exhibition in Brixton. A historical moment in the photographers career as the digital files of all the images displayed would after be destroyed to never be printed again. The digitally 'reduced' versions on display at the exhibition were done by '90s master printer Danny Pope so it was definitely a memorable event worth seeing for those lucky people who got down there.
The 'realism' style photographer practices in the classical form of dark room printing and believes that 'It's not just an eye for a shot, but my commitment to traditional photography. Using bespoke film stocks, unusual papers, lith developers, rare cameras and drum scanners' that are all elements that attribute to his candid defocused shots. His London upbringing and influence of urban council estates resonates through his photography which always seems to capture the story of the subject he shoots in a very real manner, as though he is the silent observer. Have a look at some of the photographers prolific work.