archive portraits

these portraits began as a document of the music coming out of England post 1976. The 'new music' bin at our local record shop on Melrose avenue in W Hollywood had these amazing albums with austere and riveting covers- Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Magazine, Throbbing Gristle...the music was something else again- more like aural landscapes not limited to the thrash of punk and also part of it. LA is a strange place, so large and a village. we found some of these bands playing the whiskey and dives in oc- we decided to go to the source- England. i remember the day we met up with tony wilson of factory records in Manchester- he was taking us around to see the lads from Joy Division, and suddenly he dropped us off at the tv station where he had a show- later we found out it was to get us out of some sort of drug related brush with the local law- Manchester and the estates that the musicians lived on were very much the wild north in those days. i worked either in large format or with a small minox 'spy camera' with no manual focus and very fast grainy film. i was introduced to Steven Morrissey as a writer who was writing a book on BMovie queens, he introduced me to Linder and New Hormones...we moved to London in 1980 and i found out central heating was a luxury- more often than not controlled with a meter that you fed coins into. transport was a bike or on a bus or the tube-writing included envelopes and a time gap- photos and drawings going back and forth. The stories are for another day-here is a small glimpse.

 
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cabaret voltaire

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morrissey

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kim gordon

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robert smith

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lydia lunch

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ian curtis

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nick cave

the making

prints vary from silver bromide using agfa brovira, kentmere document paper, and lith chemistry on foma to hand made emulsions using platinum, kallitype, and cyanotpe .

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