Exhibition: Chunk of Punk

The Clash, the Ramones and John Lydon: music photographer and Rockarchive founder Jill Furmanovksy exhibits her punk images

Music photography collective Rockarchive is launching a new exhibition of punk imagery, taken by its founder Jill Furmanovsky. Chunk of Punk will be held at the Barbican Music Library as part of a year-long series of events celebrating punk’s heritage and influence, Punk London: 40 Years of Subversive Culture.

For the exhibition, Furmanovsky is sharing a collection of images from her archive of artists such as Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones, the Buzzcocks and Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees.

There will also be a selection of punk vinyl, curated by the Barbican Music Library’s curator Michael Southwell, featuring albums and singles shot or designed by Furmanovsky.

In addition, there will be a homage to Mark Perry’s monthly punk zine Sniffin’ Glue and a series of wall hangings dedicated to the style of punk. These will include works by fashion house The Earl of Bedlam, artist Neil Simon and students from the textile department of Central Saint Martins.

Before the exhibition, Furmanovsky said, “I have been inspired to delve deep into my archives to celebrate the creative energy and inclusiveness of the Punk movement summed up by Mark P[erry]’s famous dictum, "if you can play three chords you can form a band.” It is echoed by my own experience: “if you train for two weeks you can be a photographer’.”

Jill Furmanovsky is a British rock photographer and contributor to Jocks&Nerds magazine. Born in Southern Rhodesia, she moved to London in 1965 and, seven years later, studied textile and graphic design at Central Saint Martins. During her first year at university, she trained in photography for two weeks and began a career as a professional photographer, acting as the official snapper for the Rainbow Theatre rock venue.

Over her 40-plus years as a music photographer, she has photographed a diverse collections of artists – such as Oasis, Bob Dylan, Blondie and Bob Marley. In 1998, she set up Rockarchive, a photography collective and archive – modelled on the Magnum Photos collective. Members of Rockarchive include Bob Gruen, Gered Mankowitz, Kevin Cummins and Mick Rock.