Renown Sheffield based photographer Shaun Bloodworth sadly passed away this afternoon. He fell sick with an infection several months ago whilst awaiting a liver transplant, which led to the subsequent amputation of his lower leg.
One of the most respected photographers in underground music and beyond, he documented the rise of dubstep in the UK and shot photographs of some of the underground's biggest artists such as Benga, Skream, Hudson Mohawke, Ikonika, and Sheffield local Toddla T. However, Shaun's iconic portraits for the Rinse mix series are probably his most notable and recognised work, as well as genre-defining album covers for Tempa.
It was hoped he would make a recovery after being given the green light for his transplant, and the #RaveForShaun event was organised for this evening to help raise funds to aid his rehabilitation and after-care.
Online tributes are pouring in for Shaun, with the fundraiser set to go ahead at XOYO tonight on his family's wishes.
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth. This his first photo in The Wire, my first full page review also. We never met, wish we had pic.twitter.com/ZRKOdk1MqG
— derek walmsley (@derekwalmsley) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth – tonight goes on as a celebration of his life and and work x
— Ahadadream (@ahadadream) September 15, 2016
RIP SHAUN BLOODWORTH X
— ONEMAN (@djoneman) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth x
— Roska Roska Roska (@RoskaOfficial) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth – Your work will continue to inspire
— Mr. Mitch (@mrmitchmusic) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth – always such a nice, decent person. Contributed so much to the world of electronic music out of love & passion.
— locke screene (@jacquesgreene) September 15, 2016
RIP Shaun Bloodworth – an inspirational human being, genuine friend, and gifted photog. Please donate if possible: https://t.co/Rr2E8Wliwk
— Daddy Kev (@daddykev) September 15, 2016
— Matt_MolloyGD (@Matt_MGD) September 15, 2016
The #RaveForShaun fundraiser at XOYO will still go ahead in celebration of Shaun's life and career.
— XOYO (@XOYO_London) September 15, 2016
RIP SHAUN BLOODWORTH
FATE CAN BE SO CRUEL. IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A TICKET FOR TONIGHT, GET DOWN THERE AND CELEBRATE HIS LIFE
— CASISDEAD (@casisdead) September 15, 2016
playing nothing but steel city music for Shaun tonight @ XOYO .. xxxxxx
— TODDLA T (@TODDLAT) September 15, 2016
#The RaveForShaun fundraiser takes place tonight at XOYO, Shoreditch (info).