Feb 28, 2022
Days of Punk Exhibition Opens!

Gallery Photiq and Michael Grecco collaborate to display a collection of historic imagery

Royal Leamington Spa, UK—A local, independent photography gallery is hosting the UK’s premier exhibition of a historic collection of photographs made by acclaimed American photographer Michael Grecco.

From 8th March to 16th April 2022, Gallery Photiq will host Days of Punk, which features the exhibition of twenty-two framed, fine art prints made from photographs in Grecco’s latest book Punk, Post Punk, New Wave, published by Abrams in 2020 and distributed internationally.

Grecco’s archives include many hundreds of images of bands and musicians whom he photographed during the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. Many of the photographs depict live concerts, though the collection also includes backstage and candid photos captured in recording studios, band meetings and promotional photo shoots.

“I’m proud that Photiq in Royal Leamington Spa is the first gallery in the U.K. to be presenting my ’Days of Punk’ exhibition”, says Grecco. “The photos featured in the show were shot when punk music first exploded in the United States in the late 1970s, and then as it evolved over the next decade or so. These images were dormant in my flat files until my archivist suggested we revisit this unseen body of work. It is a thrill to finally share them with fans and collectors for the first time, and it has been a total pleasure working with Nat Coalson and his team at the gallery.”

The exhibition at Photiq includes colour and black-and-white photographs. Nat Coalson, the gallery’s director, curated the exhibition in collaboration with Grecco to include images of iconic performers and larger-than-life personalities. Artists featured in the photographs include well-known stars such as Billy Idol, David Bowie and The Clash, along with lesser known but influential musicians including The Ramones, Siouxie and the Banshees, and Public Image Ltd. All the limited-edition prints in the exhibition are available for purchase through Gallery Photiq.

Most of the prints on display were produced in-house at Photiq, using Epson professional printers and archival-quality paper provided by Ilford. Coalson, a master photographic printer, states ”Producing this exhibition has been a rare pleasure, especially working with such significant images. Even more so, printing the photos has been exciting because of the fantastic aesthetic qualities of the scans, made from originals shot on film. There is an authentic, grungy edge to these pictures that one doesn’t often encounter with today’s digital images.”

Gallery Photiq is located at 40 Park Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN, United Kingdom. The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, 12th March. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

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