In the mid ’70s, two photography students at London’s Polytechnic Institute — Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon — documented London’s punk scene in its budding years, a revolutionary time for music and fashion. A youth culture which would eventually inspire mainstream pop artists and fashion labels alike, here we get a look at punk’s gritty origins via a collection of black and white photos. Celebrating femme-punk icons like Laura Logic, Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux alongside those who partook in punk’s heyday, the grainy images provide both insight and narrative to one of the most influential subcultures of the 20th century. The photographs were first shown at the Photographer’s Gallery in 1978, and now they’ll be exhibited at London’s IBID Projects as Punks which runs until February 22.
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