Johnny Rotten - Credit: Michael Grecco

International photographer brings Punk Music exhibition to North Devon

Joseph Bulmer

An international, award winning photographer who chronicled the explosion of Punk Music in America, is coming to North Devon this month to showcase his work and hold a special audience evening.

Michael Grecco will be in attendance at Gallery Blindwell in Braunton on Wednesday, July 13, and Saturday, July 16, for book signings as he launches his exhibition in North Devon.

A further Audience with Michael takes place at the gallery on July 16 as founder, Emma Crosby explained: “We are delighted to welcome Michael and his exhibition to Gallery Blindwell. Michael will be in person at the gallery showcasing his ‘Days of Punk’ exhibition on Wednesday 13th July from 6pm-8pm and Saturday 16th July 12pm – 4pm . We are inviting the general public to attend where Michael will be in available for book signings.

The Clash - Credit: Michael Grecco
The Clash - Credit: Michael Grecco

“In addition, we are excited to host an ‘Audience with Michael Grecco’ on the evening of Saturday, July 16. This very special, ticketed event includes a copy of Michael’s book ‘Punk, Post Punk, New Wave’, with a champagne reception, canapes from Coastal Cooks and a talk by Michael, followed with a book signing. Michael is recognised internationally for his work, and we are thrilled that his show is coming to North Devon on its tour of the world. This exhibition of historic punk music photography dating back to the late 70’s through to the early 90’s will be on view in our gallery until September 3.”

Michael is world renowned for documenting the nightclub and concert scenes of New York and Boston as punk roared into America. As an Associated Press photographer, lensman for legendary rock station WBCN-FM and self-described 'club kid' Michael had a unique opportunity to embed himself into this revolutionary scene as both a chronicler and a participant. He captured for posterity a riotously outspoken time in pop culture history, with all its raw energy and outrageous antics.

On sharing his ‘Days of Punk’ show across the world, Michael said, “These images were dormant in my flat files until my archivist suggested we revisit this unseen body of work. It is a thrill to finally share them with fans and collectors for the first time. The spirit of Punk was extraordinary. It marked me forever. As you look at these images, I hope you also get touched by its infectious freedom.”

Photographer Michael Grecco
Photographer Michael Grecco

The exhibition first opened in Somerset at the Photo London Fair in 2021 before moving to La Termica Museum, Malaga and now to Blindwell Gallery in Braunton.

Blindwell showcases the works of both established and emerging artists from an international and domestic stage in quarterly exhibitions.

Work selected by Blindwell is chosen for its quality and creative expression, conveying the unique vision of each artist.

For more information on the ‘Days of Punk’ exhibition at Gallery Blindwell or to purchase tickets to an audience with Michael Grecco, please contact 01271 624192/07957307787, email emma@blindwell.com or visit www.blindwell.com

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