:: Friday, August 19, 2005 ::

The girl with the camera eye
That's what Patti Smith called Jenny Lens, one of the premier photographers of the early punk scene. (That's one of her self portraits, at right.) About the scene, Jenny writes:
I took tens of thousands of punk, power pop, reggae, rockabilly, blues and regular rock pix, onstage, offstage, parties, streets, wherever during a four year period. ... I lived the punk life: shot shows when the opening act and the headliners played twice a night (imagine seeing Blondie open for the Ramones twice a night for four nights -- that was our life) or parties or both every night and often during the day, shot speed, got pregnant in the upstairs backstage Whisky bathrom (thank god for legal abortions). I ran around taking photos cos I knew what we were doing was gonna change world culture cos I immersed myself in art books in college and knew what was going down. And knew this was the last time we could be wild and free, creative and crazy. We saw conservatives and Reagan around the corner. If nothing else, punk was political, intelligent and fun.

I've been exchanging email with Jenny. She's very friendly and one amazing person. She has graciously consented to allowing me to post a few of her photos here. But be sure to visit her site for more fab photos from the early days.

Patti Smith photo by Jenny Lens - www.jennylens.net
Patti Smith performing in San Diego

Debbie Harry of Blondie

Joe Strummer of the Clash

Joan Jett of the Runaways with Johnny Ramone

Darby Crash of the Germs

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:: Andrew 10:06 + ::

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