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.