This weekend, Soho’s Photographers’ Gallery will play host to a series of events marking 40 years since punk’s emergence. It will focus on London, the hotbed of the musical genre and subculture in England.
On the gallery’s Media Wall, there will be a digital presentation spotlighting key works by photographers of the era, including Jocks&Nerds' New York editor Janette Beckman, Anita Corbin, Derek Ridgers, and Jocks&Nerds contributors Owen Harvey and Gavin Watson. There will also be works from the Photographic Youth Music and Culture Archive (PYMCA), the largest collection of its kind in the world.
Previously unexhibited pieces by Shirley Baker will be displayed in the Print Sales Gallery. These show a new side of Baker, who is better known for her playful photographs of Manchester life, and continue the story of punk into the 1980s.
Other highlights include a multimedia timeline of interviews, videos and texts, assembled by SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight, a screening of Derek Jarman’s 1978 cult classic Jubilee and a performance by the the Raincoats, the essential all-female post-punk band.
The Punk Weekender is part of the year-long Punk London initiative, which includes shows and events throughout the capital – including an exhibition and sale of Janette Beckman's punk photography at Shoreditch-based footwear flagship Florentini + Baker.