IT'S A GODLIS WORLD: EARLY PHOTOS OF PUNK ROCK AFTER DARK

Talking Heads, CBGB, 1977

There were six or seven photographers present at the birth of punk, but there will only ever be oneGodlis. That's right—I shit you not—we're talking about a punk photographer whose surname is actually Godlis. Many of those other photographers who were lucky or smart enough to have been shooting on the Bowery in the early 1970s favored the bright flash and sharp focus championed by music journals of the day, but David Godlis, newly arrived from Boston in 1976, began shooting in a romantic and painterly style using long exposures in available light. Drawing on his hero Brassaï’snuanced scenes of Paris nightlife in the 30s, Godlis captured early shows by Blondie, Television, the Ramones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Suicide, Talking Heads, Dead Boys, Patti Smith, and more at their now legendary incubator, CBGB. 

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