Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory

"When we were going to punk gigs every night, we thought that was the most important thing in the world..."

 Kevin Cummins is a British photographer known for his photographs of punk and rock bands. In 2009 he recieved the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography Award by the website Record Of The Day. His work was featured in several documentaries and inspired movies.

After studying photography for four years in Salford, Kevin embarked on a career that was to encompass a wide range of photographic work. The burgeoning punk scene in Manchester dominated his early work and he quickly became one of the premier documentary photographers of the era.

“When we were going to punk gigs every night, we thought that was the most important thing in the world, but outside of our circle of maybe 200 people, people were painting union flags on the sides of their houses. They had no idea the Sex Pistols were playing a few hundred yards away” Kevin Cummins

Ian Dickson has been photographing rock stars since 1972, his work have been published in many Musical publications including, Disc, Record Mirror, New Musical Express, Sound, Vox, Rolling Stone plus many more. Since 1992 Ian has been exhibiting his collection of classic rock images around Europe, to considerable critical acclaim. More recently his work was shown at Brit Awards London, MIV Awards in Berlin, followed by yet more showings at World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and Copenhagen.

“Now and again, I’d get caught up in the stampede down the front. There have been moments when I’ve been taking photographs with my feet six inches off the floor, honest. The worst thing was the gob. I couldn’t wait to get home sometimes, to have a shower. I counted it a blessing if it happened to be raining after I’d left a gig!” Ian Dickson

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Joan, Manchester, Kevin Cummins

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, during the filming of a Janet Street-Porter TV special at Notre Dame Hall, London, 15 November 1976 – Ian Dickson
Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Punks at Erics, Liverpool, September 1977 – Kevin Cummins

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Sid Vicious with Vivienne Westwood in 1976 – Ian Dickson

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
The Clash, 1977 – Ian Dickson

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, July 1977, Belle Vue, Manchester – Kevin Cummins

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Fans, 1977 – Ian Dickson

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
Ian Curtis of Joy Division – Kevin Cummins

 

Filth and fury: Cummins and Dickson captured punk in all its glory
The Damned, 1977 – Ian Dickson

 

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