Vicky Grout

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Vicky Grout is a photographer from South London, focusing mainly on portrait, music, fashion and street photography. She is most known for her work documenting the underground UK music scene, and over the years has developed into doing more issue based work.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I am currently reading Huey P. Newton's autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide which has been on my reading list for a while.
I think my favourite book of all time has got to be The Autobiography of Malcolm X, with Assata, An Autobiography in close second. I love to read autobiographies because I think we can learn so much from figures we look up to. 

A few other great books I read recently are Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, and Natives by Akala.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 


The Good Trade
Gmail :(

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What apps do you use the most and why?

Evernote - prettier than the notes app, and lets you organise better
Todoist - for lists!
Lazy Bones - for everyday routines
Google Calendar - prefer this to iCal
Medium - For reading articles on the tube
Duolingo - currently learning Spanish and Portuguese (Brazil and Cuba are top of my travel list)
Headspace - for much needed meditation

Whats currently on your playlist?

Angel by Planet Giza
Maria by Santi (feat. Goldlink)
Up Late by Ari Lennox
Without You (J Dilla Remix) by Lucy Pearl
Royal by Children of Zeus
Juicy by Doja Cat
New Day (Baltimore) by J.Robb
Nothin Like U by KAYTRANADA (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Sail Away Freestyle by Loyle Carner
Like My Mom by Tobi Lou

What records would you recommend to hear?

If we're talking full albums..:

Amala by Doja Cat
Not Waving, But Drowning - Loyle Carner
Shea Butter Baby by Ari Lennox
And Yet It's All Love by Fatima
Injury Reserve by Injury Reserve
Mandy & The Jungle by Santi
Nothing Great About Britain by Slowthai
When I Get Home by Solange
Ventura by Anderson .Paak

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

City Of God
Fight Club
Sorry to Bother You
The House I Live In
Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
Training Day
Spirited Away (there are so many more I can't think of right now!)

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Campbell Addy
Nadine Ijewere
Andre D. Wagner (to name a few)

I think my favourite book of all time has got to be The ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’, with ‘Assata, An Autobiography’ in close second.

Who are you following?


What tools do you use in your work?

Film camera (Canon EOS 5 or Pentax 67ii most of the time)
50mm/105mm lens
Kodak Portra film
Polaroid OneStep+ for polaroids
Adobe Lightroom for correcting/selecting
Epson V600 for occasional scanning

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What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

Medium (online)

What are your favorite gadgets?

Apple Watch
BeatsX or Beats Studio3 headphones
Leuchtturm notebook
iPad mini 
Burts Bees lip balm 


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Portrait image by © Paul Akinrinlola