'PUNKS' ON DISPLAY
Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon
Ibid. is pleased to present a new exhibition by photographers Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon entitled PUNKS. Photographed between 1976-1977, the works document the London Punk scene at the time. The exhibition is on display until February 22, 2014.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the newly published book, PUNKS, published by GOST Books. The hardback comes in a limited edition of 1,000 copies with essays by Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon and will be available from the gallery. Additionally there will be 20 copies with a silver cover signed by the artists that will include a silver bromide print.
The photographs were taken in several clubs: the Roxy, Covent Garden and the Global Village, Charing Cross in 1977. Girls figured prominently in Punk; Ari Up, Laura Logic, Palmolive, Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux were among many female musicians asserting their presence at gigs at the Roxy in a music industry dominated until then by ‘cockpower’. The photographs celebrate girl power of the 1970s. The punks in the photographs posed and performed for the camera; over the 3 month period the artists visited the clubs, they often met the same people who had changed their look radically over a short period of time using a DIY aesthetic of clothes slashed and pinned together.