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Gallery: Catherine Ceresole's New York no wave photos

March 2014

Henry Rollins, Cat Club, New York, 12 May 1987.

Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Pyramid, New York, 14 January 1984.

David Thomas, Dancetaria, New York, 23 November 1983.

Beastie Boys, White Columns, New York, 7 May 1983.

Christian Marclay, Elliott Sharp, 162 Avenue A, New York, 2 April 1983.

The Birthday Party (Nick Cave), Peppermint Lounge, New York, 26 March 1983.

z'ev, The Kitchen, New York, 7 December 1982.

DNA (Ikue Mori), CBGB, New York, 26 June 1982.

Function Disorder, Mudd Club, New York, 5 April 1983.

Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon), Dancetaria New York, 18 June 1982.

Sonic Youth (Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo), Dancetaria, New York, 18 June 1982.

Lydia Lunch & Swans, White Columns, New York, 5 May 1983.

Suicide, Irving Plaza, New York, 28 June 1984.

Michael Gira, Danceteria, New York, 18 June 1982.

The burgeoning New York scene of the early 1980s as documented by Swiss photographer Catherine Ceresole on black and white film, capturing the early years of groups like Swans, Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys.

Ceresole was a part of the New York scene at the time, often giving her images away to the artists as tokens of appreciation. Christian Marclay recalls how after being berated by Lydia Lunch for using a flash, Ceresole stopped using one altogether: "As a result, her photos became dark and grainy, even blurred, but she soon realised these imperfections were visually analogous to the raw, unskilled, and expressionistic quality of the music."

Ceresole's images appeared in fanzines including Forced Exposure, Unsound, and Thurston Moore's Killer, and other places, including Artforum (in 1982 her image of Glenn Branca appeared alongside a piece by Kim Gordon, which is republished in Gordon's recent Is It My Body? collection). Her images are also featured in the forthcoming documentary on BC studio (trailer here).

All images © Catherine Ceresole. All images are taken from the book Catherine Ceresole: Beauty Lies In The Eye, published by Patrick Frey Editions, which originally accompanied the exhibition Catherine Ceresole: Other Music, at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, curated by Olivier Kaeser and Jean-Paul Felley.


These are terrific. He doesn't have a book coming out but you guys should check out the work of Eugene Merinov.

Thanks for the suggestion on Eugene Merinov

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