Leave it to Marc Jacobs to pull together the most influential and iconic music photographers of all times. Photographers that created images during the Punk era that continue to influence our inspirations to this day.
Romanticized capturing a time where anarchy, rebellion and celebration of uniqueness gave way to a momentum that broke permanent barriers.
All perfectly timed around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Punk:Chaos to Couture exhibit(which I went to and will share more on soon).
Last night, the place to be was the west village Marc Jacobs Bookmarc store on Bleeker. I almost dropped my camera when I saw Debbie Harry of Blondie, with her black leather studded jacket and platinum blonde hair! I didn’t photograph her, some moments are just meant to be lived and talked about, leaving your camera at your side.
The group of photographers featured documented epic moments alive and full of so much energy, rebellion, and freedom that you feel like you could jump into the pictures. You want to be a part of it and through their impressions of that profound time in music, fashion and cultural history, we can step back in time.
The candid portrait I got tonight of the legendary photographers captures the spirit of punk. Look at these guys, still just as cool today as then. Punks themselves at heart carrying the torch for a time none of us can let go of, even if we weren’t born yet.
I know I’m gushing, but a few of my favorite things just collided together in one place at one time. Marc Jacobs, Punk, the photographers, oh and Debbie Harry of Blondie too!
Roberta Bayley curated a selection of images from the early punk era featuring the following photographers:
Roberta Bayley. Janette Beckman. Stephanie Chernikowski. Leee Black Childers. Godlis. Julia Gorton. Bobby Grossman. Bob Gruen. Laura Levine. Eileen Polk. Marcia Resnick. Chris Stein. Joe Stevens. Danny Fields.
Just google any of their names and their work will pop up to inspire you.
Good news if you missed the party, you can pop into the Bookmarc store and see some of what we experienced tonight.
Which is your favorite punk band? Or your favorite couture designer reinventing punk today? I’d love to know!