Ten years ago Jocelyn Bain Hogg published The Firm, a book of images documenting a thriving London underworld dominated by infamous players from the 1960s and 70s including Freddie Foreman, Tony Lambrianou, Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw, Bruce Reynolds, Reggie Kray and Joey Pyle.
Now, a decade later, Bain Hogg revisits the family of Joey Pyle. This is the story of Joe Pyle Jr., following in the footsteps of his father and the crime families of old. There are few plastic gangsters in these pages. The exhibitionism of the late 90s has given way to realism and the vaudeville pageantry has since been replaced with first communions and birthday parties. The game has changed and the Pyles are astute enough to recognize this.
"Our game's finished," says Joe Pyle. "It's finished for people like me."
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jocelyn Bain Hogg
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2011