If anyone can capture the world of Debbie Harry in the 70’s, it’s got to be Blondie co-founder, guitarist and former boyfriend Chris Stein. Photographing the people and places of the New York punk scene, he documented her candidly both on stage and behind the scenes. The pair met in 1973, after Stein had studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a year later they formed the band Blondie. As one of our all time favourite hair muses (see our post here), we are super excited to see many previously unpublished images of her showcasing her striking style.
Stein’s photographs are currently on display at Somerset House, also featuring other punk and new wave icons such as David Bowie, Joan Jett and The Ramones. Stein’s first darkroom was set up in the kitchen of the apartment he and Debbie Harry shared, and his images were among the first Blondie fans had access to. The photographs show glimpses of Andy Warhol’s parties at his infamous Factory, and various apartment and hotel rooms occupied across New York by the band and their influential friends.
Definitely not one to be missed, the exhibition will run from 10am-6pm in the East Wing gallery at Somerset House until 25th January 2015.