Item #4860 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.


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