Barcelona: Producciones Editoriales, 1977. Text in Spanish. Softcover. 96 pp., with approximately 90 b/w photographs. 8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4 in. Very good. Item #6297
Punk is the result of then-unknown Spanish photographer Salvador Costa trip to London in 1977 to photograph the emergent punk scene. He frequented The Roxy, photographing the club’s regulars and revelers, with a particularly sharp eye for the sartorial details and flourishes that made punk style electric. Also included are photographs of Johnny Rotten, Johnny Moped, The Jam, X-T-C, Cherry Vanilla, other early punk musicians and icons.
The photobook is also an example of punk’s internationalization and spread across Europe. It is also notable that this book was published just two years after Franco’s death. The Movida Madrileña was cohering as a cultural expression and identity; Costa’s photobook would certainly have contributed to the explosive proliferation of countercultural sensibilities and identities in Spain.