Documentary, Exhibitions

New Exhibition Celebrates 40 Years Since the Birth of Punk

All images © Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins, courtesy of the artists

At the fortieth anniversary of the birth of punk, a new exhibition exploring the birth of the counter-cultural movement will be displayed at the Brighton Museum’s Prints & Drawings Gallery.

The exhibition comprises of 40 images taken by Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins.

Each image documents the energy of the early years of the movement from 1976 to 1979 in cities  including London, Manchester, and Liverpool.

The exhibition, titled Photo-punk: 40 Images From the Birth of Punk, captures the atmosphere of the scene through imagery of bands and their fans across the UK.

Damned 1977 (13) Ian Dickson.jpg

Damned 1977 (13) Ian Dickson

The photographs feature new-wave bands like The Sex Pistols, Buzzocks, Eddie & the Hot Rods, The Ramones and The Clash, as welll punk poets John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop and Dr. Feelgood.

Ian Dickson is a self-taught photographer, who started taking pictures of rock stars in 1972, and joined the NME magazine a year later. He was also a staff photographer with Sounds magazine, and was at the front line of the new ‘dole queue rock’ explosion in 1976. His never-seen-before Sounds cover image will be featured in the exhibition.

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Fan(s) 1977 (02) Ian Dickson

Kevin Cummins, who studied photography in Salford and had a 25-year career with the NME, was the premier documenter of Manchester’s punk scene. He was also the founding contributor of The Face.

As the punk movement grew, and spread across the world, the two photographers captured the new landscape of the post-punk scene, with bands like The Adverts and Joy Division.

Sex Pistols 1976 (1) Ian Dickson

Sex Pistols 1976 (1) Ian Dickson

“In my view, punk was the last greatest youth movement that still reverberates today,” says Ian Dickson. “The time since then has really flown but the images themselves still seem so fresh.”

Dickson and Cummins’ exhibition will be showcased until March 5, 2017.

Find out more about it here.