Shaun Bloodworth, the music photographer who captured the evolution of Rinse FM and took portraits of underground musicians like Benga and Skream, has died. 

The Sheffield-born photographer had been in hospital for nearly four months awaiting a liver transplant. In that time he also suffered an infection that resulted in the amputation of the lower part of one of his legs.

Shaun Bloodworth .. You know when you meet someone and about 10 seconds in you just know someone is a G? .. that was Shaun! .. he was genuinely one of the nicest people i came across in this whole industry. Massively un effected and consistently happy , smiley and very kind. His work represented a generation and a real sub culture and his enthusiasm was priceless. It was always so upful workin with him with his refreshing steel city warmth and passion and of course his distinctive and iconic talent . He took all my 3 album covers and has been a big part of career thus for my life, but all that aside , again, i cannot stress how joyful his vibe was… im so so sad for his passing and send maximum love and blessings to his family.. rest in beats my g … xxxxx #RaveForShaun

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A fundraising event, headed up by Benga, Katy B and Alexander Nut, is due to take place at London’s XOYO tonight.

Bloodworth spent many years documenting the British dance underground, taking portraits of key artists including Hudson Mohawke, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs, Illum Sphere, while also creating a visual identity and presence for an ever-evolving Rinse FM.

Alongside design studio GiveUpArt, Bloodworth captured the evolution of Rinse FM and the former pirate station’s DJs in his trademark stark portraits. His work was a major focus of the 2011 exhibition Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective in east London, and his photographs have also been featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.




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