When photographer Ann Summa arrived in Los Angeles in 1978, the city’s newly born punk scene was fertile territory for a young photographer; "The Beautiful & the Damned" is a collection of her portraits of the musicians, artists and fans who made Los Angeles such a crucial part of the history of punk. Taken between 1978 and 1984, Summa’s photographs feature the Germs, the Screamers, X, the Cramps and the Gun Club, among many others, along with pioneering performance artists the Kipper Kids, Johanna Went and Laurie Anderson. (At the time, the audience for these avant-garde artists was primarily drawn from the underground music scene). Also featured are portraits of key artists from the two other cities — London and New York — that played a central role in the birthing of punk. Photographed in L.A. during their first U.S. tours are U.K. groups the Clash, Magazine, the Fall, the Slits, Bow Wow Wow and the Pretenders, among others, and New Yorkers Television, James Chance, Lydia Lunch and Talking Heads. Also included are portraits of artists who served as an inspiration to L.A. punks—Captain Beefheart, Iggy Pop, David Bowie—plus candid shots of unidentified audience members. Edited and with an introduction by Kristine McKenna, The Beautiful & The Damned includes 95 previously unpublished images.
"The Beautiful & the Damned" Limited Edition is produced in an edition of 60
copies total, each including an original silver gelatin photograph, signed
and printed by the artist. The portraits that have been produced in editions
of twenty each are:
Exene Cervenka and John Doe, March 31, 1982
Joe Strummer at the Roxy Theater, April 27, 1980
Iggy Pop at the Hollywood Palladium, April 1980
We are the sole retailer of these on the West Coast, and we have the last few copies of the Iggy Pop & Joe Strummer editions available at $200.00. The Exene Cervenka and John Doe is completely sold out and no longer available. Limited edition copies are accompanied by a signed trade edition of the book, a special slipcase created specifically for the limited edition, and a signed, original photograph printed by photographer, Ann Summa.
Order the Limited Edition: (Please note, for international or expedited orders additional postage will be required. We will contact you with shipping options after your order has been placed).
Exene Cervenka and John Doe: