BAYLEY, Roberta. Punk. Amsterdam/New York: Aenigma/Kunst Editions. 2002.
Folio (415 x 286 mm). Original loose sheets with separate spine held together with ribbon, as issued, in original wood and cardboard slipcase with original page from the April 1976 issue of Punk magazine to front and back; 24 mounted photographs, initialled by Roberta Bayley, portrait of Roberta Bayley numbered 83/100 and signed by Godlis, silkscreen print of Joey Ramone numbered 48/100 and signed by John Holmstrom, pocket containing 25th anniversary edition of Punk magazine; fine.
No. 48 of a limited edition of 76, signed in gold ink by Roberta Bayley to slipcase, limitation page and preface, and by Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil, all of whom wrote introductions. A very rare and lavish collection of Roberta Bayley's photographs of the New York punk scene between 1975 - 80. Subjects include Debbie Harry and Blondie, the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads when they were still a trio and Richard Hell, as well as British visitors such as the Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer, the Damned and Elvis Costello.
Roberta Bayley was born in Pasadena, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University for three years before dropping out in 1971.
Roberta worked as a door person at CBGB’s, New York’s legendary Lower East Side punk club, and subsequently befriended leading musicians on the punk scene. She is known as one of the principal photographers to visually chronicle the punk rock music movement from the mid 70s through the early 80s. Roberta was also the chief photographer for Punk magazine.
Among the punk music artists she has photographed are Iggy Pop, Blondie, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Clash, The Dead Boys and The New York Dolls.