Young punks of the early London punk scene ca. 1976-77, as documented by Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon in an amazing series of flash-lit b/w photographs, shot as part of their student collaboration at the time:
“…In Shakespeare’s time, the word “punk” was a crass synonym for “prostitute.”
Centuries later, the word evolved to refer to the proudly degenerate youth culture that cropped up in New York and London. Sporting Kabuki-ish makeup, chains, slashed T-shirts, and safety pins, the in-your-face aesthetic was reviled by the mainstream.
Punk style would eventually become co-opted by big couture designers (…) but here we get a look at the origins of the movement in all its glory….
…‘The street and the clubs are the stage upon which the everyday is transformed into an expressionist phantasmagoria’…