photo by Sue Brisk 1976
Thanks Kevin Jones and KQED for a great mention in the KQED: TO DO List for Tunnel Vision, the Punk Photography exhibit opening 9/23 and continuing through10/2/15 in the Roll Up Gallery at The Public Works SF!
Target Bust by Vincent Anton 1979
One of the many outstanding things to do, see, and relish on 9/23 at SF Punk Renaissance Opening Extravaganza, this outstanding exhibit features seminal photographers of the era from Sue Brisk. Richard Alden Peterson and George Sera to Vincent Anton, Kamera Zie, and Ruby Ray. Joe Truck exhibits his Punk Portraits of his anti-heros in the modern day, the result of a year long photographic expedition across the country in 2010. Jack Jackson shows his Pola-Reds, featured in his book Pola- Reds: Confections From the Edge ( check out the blog post of 9/11/15 for more detail on both Joe Truck and Jack Johnson) and Erich Brogger shows Polaroids from the era!
Kevin Jones writes
“Though when it comes to early punk rock in America, the cities that appear to come to mind first are New York (home to CBGB’s) and Los Angeles (The Masque). But San Francisco was equally as influential, not only producing legendary punk groups like the Avengers and the Dead Kennedys, but attracting other punk bands like The Dils who wanted to take advantage of the city’s vibrant, welcoming scene. Even those who couldn’t play an instrument were instrumental in helping the scene standout, with V.Vale’s zine Search And Destroy, with its in-depth interviews and pro-level photographs being just one way these exciting times were documented. Tunnel Vision has pushed those photographers and documentarians to dig through their archives and pull out some amazing footage from those days, including the still-in-progress film, Buried In The Mix, scenes of which will be shown during the exhibit’s opening night. — Kevin L. Jones
Bruce Conner by Richard Alden Peterson