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 mysterious 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 first 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 B-Movie 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.Prints vary from silver bromide using agfa brovira, kentmere document paper, and lith chemistry on foma to hand made emulsions using platinum, kallitype, and cyanotype.
The Pale Fountains 1982
Morrissey BWSuper8Stills Manchester1988
Cabaret Voltaire Sheffield England
Nick Cave London 1988
Morrissey BWSuper8Still Manchester1988
Lydia Lunch Hysterie
Morrissey BWSuper8Stills Proof Manchester1988