[Punk - Washington DC - 1979]
En 1979, une scène punk s’apprête à exploser à Washington DC, avec des groupes pionniers comme Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles ou The Untouchables. Lucian Perkins, photojournaliste du Washington Post, alors stagiaire et plus tard récompensé par le prix Pulitzer, a photographié plusieurs concerts déterminants sur une courte période. Plus précisément 4 concerts entre septembre 1979 et janvier 1980 à la Valley Green Housing complex, à la Hard Art Gallery et à la coopérative d’artistes Madams Organ. Ces superbes photos noir et blanc des groupes et surtout du public emblématiques des premiers concerts punk à Washington sont complétées par des textes de Henry Rollins et Alec MacKaye. Edité par Lely Constantinople et Jayme McLellan.
" These photographs resonate because they are an unfettered look at something open. Lucian was unsure of what he was looking at, let alone documenting. The uncertainty, and his raw talent, make the resulting photographs vital. Lucian’s disconnection from the scene allowed him to be stimulated by all of it, not just the bands playing. So he often turned his attention away from the bands and spent time looking at how the audience and musicians interacted, the stairwells, the walls, the flyers, the detritus under the stage – the whole scene. The same can be said for the people being photographed : they were not aware of what they were doing because they were in throes of it. Something was being created. (…) With few exceptions, the people being photographed didn’t look like they were being observed or inspected ; they were uninhibited. Particularly striking were photographs that appeared to be taken outside. Punks, white and black, played to an entirely black and truly all-ages crowd, who were at times baffled, excited and irreverent."
Akashic Books (2013) 96 p. 26 x 21 cm - Hardcover - En Anglais