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September 1, 2022

Photographer Michael Grecco’s “Days of Punk” Exhibition on Display in Braunton, North Devon, UK and Malaga, Spain - NewsWires

“Days of Punk,” Los Angeles-based photographer and director Michael Grecco’s solo exhibition of historic punk music photography, will be on view at Gallery BLINDWELL in Braunton, North Devon from July 14 through September 3 (summer gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM to 5PM). The more than 20 images to be featured date back to the late ‘70s through the early ‘90s, when Grecco documented the nightclub and concert scenes in New York and Boston as punk roared into the U.S. As an Associated Press photographer, lensman for legendary rock station WBCN-FM – and self-described “club kid” – Grecco had a unique opportunity to embed himself into this revolutionary scene as both a chronicler and a participant. He captured for posterity a riotously outspoken time in pop culture history, with all its raw energy and outrageous antics. Michael has said, “The spirit of Punk was extraordinary. It marked me forever. As you look at these images, I hope you also get touched by its infectious freedom.”

On Wednesday, July 13, BLINDWELL will host an invitation-only Private Preview evening with Grecco from 6P-8P. The public opening follows on Saturday, July 16 from 12P-4P with a drop-in event to “Meet the Artist” and purchase books for signing; admission is free. That evening, there’s “An Audience with Michael Grecco,” where Grecco will give a talk and sign books. This reception is a ticketed event, and the £45.00 cover price includes a copy of his punk rock photography book, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception with canapes prepared and served by Coastal Cooks. Doors open at 6.30pm, talk at 7.30 pm; close 9pm. To inquire about tickets, which are limited, please email Prints are available from the gallery, printed on Ilford Gold Fibre Gloss paper.

The “Days of Punk” exhibition premiered at the international photography fair Photo London in September, 2021, and has been traveling to new locations ever since. In February 2022, it opened as major museum exhibition at La Térmica cultural center in Málaga, Spain. The show incorporates audio and video elements, and features more than 100 photographs. The Malaga installation has been so popular with critically well received that it recently received a three-month extension and runs through September 30. Upcoming museum shows include the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, FL in August 2022, and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA in February 2023.