Image Merchants: W&N Studio and James Lavelle

We talk to DJ and artist James Lavelle and photographers Warren Du Preez and Nick Thorton Jones about the resurgence of craft and their various collaborations.

Warren Du Preez, Nick Thorton Jones and James Lavelle have been collaborating for 14 years. Lavelle even joined du Preez and Thorton Jones on their trip to Cape Town to speak at Design Indaba Conference 2016 and did a surprise set at the official after party. Photographers and filmmakers, Thornton Jones and Du Preez are widely considered to be two of the industries most innovative visual creatives and have worked with prestigious titles and musicians including Lavelle (under his label UNKLE) and Bjork. 

All three of them are involved with brand new exhibitions: Du Preez and Thorton Jones created the 360-degree Virtual Reality experience for Bjork's album Vulnicura, which opened in Sydney at the beginning of June. Lavelle curated the new Stanley Kubrick exhibition, Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, which opened this week at Somerset House, London. The exhibition features a number of works by contemporary artists who have attempted to look in new ways at the iconic film directors body of work. A print by Du Preez and Thorton Jones is inluded in the exhibition. Lavelle has also created a bespoke soundtrack for the exhibition. 

The Kubrick exhibition is not the first time Lavelle has stepped in as a curator, he also put together the Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank in 2014, a role reserved for some of the biggest names in the industry. 

Watch the Talk with Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones