New York: Bill Arning, 1978. Black and white silver gelatin print. 8 x 10 in. Near fine. Annotated in pen on verso "Lydia Bill Arning." Provenance: From the estate of J.D. Martignon, owner of Midnight Records. Item #5359
This photograph of Lydia Lunch is an outtake from the front cover of the 1978 Teenage Jesus and The Jerks 7" single "Orphans." Taken by Bill Arning, CBGB’s regular, member of the band The Student Teachers, and friend of Lunch’s. While Arning did not pursue a career in photography, he pivoted from the New York punk scene to the fine art world as he grew up. He worked as the director of White Columns from 1985-1996 and has since held many curatorial positions at various museums and galleries.