Roquette Rockers. Ken Pate.

Roquette Rockers

Paris: Contrejour, 1975. Staplebound in illustrated wraps. 8vo. Very good condition, edgewear to wraps. First Edition. Introduction by Carole Naggar. Text in French. Item #4860

When he wasn’t photographing theater and ballet productions to pay his bills, California-born photographer Ken Pate was photographing the punk scene at the local bar on rue de la Roquette, Paris. While developing prints at a darkroom owned by Claude Nori, Pate was offered a book deal. Nori released “Roquette Rockers” as the first publication on his Contrejour publishing imprint, and it remains the only published book of Ken Pate’s work. Pate captured a naïve youthful spirit with an honesty not often seen, the rockers’ jackets and haircuts echo British Teddy Boys or American gang culture, but these French rockers didn’t know the references.

Price: $250.00

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