AK 75 - 85 - Music Photos By Murray Cammick

When:

Fri 18 Aug 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 19 Aug 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Tue 22 Aug 2017, 11:00am
Wed 23 Aug 2017, 11:00am
Thu 24 Aug 2017, 11:00am

Where: Black Asterisk, 10 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: MrBroughton

After the success of the 2016 Flash Cars show, Murray Cammick returns to Black Asterisk gallery with a selection of music images with AK 75 - 85. Once again Cammick is exhibiting limited edition, silver-gelatin prints derived directly from his negatives. 

Cammick has not strayed far from the Queen Street of Flash Cars, as the music of the day revolved around inner city venues.

When Cammick co-founded the seminal music magazine RipItUp in 1977, he was not aware of how radical the changes in New Zealand music culture would over the next decade. Foreign punk/new wave acts like The Ramones, Iggy Pop and Blondie visited and locals like The Suburban Reptiles, The Scavengers and Toy Love put visceral energy into the scene. 

In a time of cultural change, Cammick documented important cultural events such as Bob Marley’s 1979 visit to New Zealand and suburban cultural events like The Screaming Meemees playing in a packed suburban hall. 

Seedy local venues were the place to worship raw music and Zwines and Mainstreet where alienated youth gathered to enjoy the company of kindred souls. Cammick’s camera captures the tribal audience and sweaty musicians who commanded the scene.

Cammick studied photography at Elam School of Fine Arts 1973 to 1975 with lecturers John B. Turner and Tom Hutchins who encouraged him to take socio-political photos for the student newspaper Craccum. Cammick took the first photos of the Flash Cars series at Elam and learnt a respect for the documentary tradition. 

Reflecting on his work for the Capture blog, Cammick wrote:
"I tried to document the music and the scene as a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary photographer. You either contribute to the myths of rock n roll or you try and show some of the reality of the grind of touring and promotion...

Shooting un-rock ‘n’ roll photos became something to aspire to, so I was pleased to get Iggy Pop in his clunky reading glasses laughing... I sneaked a shot but he heard the camera and made it clear, "No photos in my pyjamas."

AK 75 - 85 shines a light on a seminal ten years of popular cultural history - while our music scene was growing up in the backyard of Muldoon, the Springbok tour and much another political tumult, New Zealand was becoming firmly established on the international touring map. For stars, big and small, the entertainment and inspiration was often mutual.

Many of these visitors still had the hard work ahead of them - so too did our local musicians, but with stars shown as people just like them, their increased confidence could also take on the world.

"For years I've regretted that I did not capture the beauty of Debbie Harry in my 1977 photos, but now I am starting to appreciate that they show a tired young woman who briefly leaves an international flight to do a day's promo... Debbie Harry arrived from the USA at dawn – a day of interviews in Auckland, then on a plane to Melbourne for a TV interview that night. That’s life."

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