Yesterday I went along to the ‘Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk’ photography exhibition at Somerset House, to mark the bands 40th anniversary founding member Chris Stein curated the exhibition to showcase some previously unseen images he took during the bands heyday. The photos show Debbie Harry along with the rest of Blondie as well as them hanging out with many other big names including David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Andy Warhol to name a few!
Stein was a student of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and began photographing in 1968 documenting the cities culture, after meeting Debbie Harry in 1973 they founded Blondie and became one of the most iconic, recognisable bands of the 70s/80s punk era.
The photographs on display gave a fascinating insight into their life and show why Debbie Harry was (and still is!) a huge influence on fashion, one of my favourites was of her in front of a spotlight in a yellow dress, another taken of her cooking in her and Stein’s fire damaged apartment wearing a long gown (that allegedly belonged to Marilyn Monroe) is a great peek into their far from glamorous East Village living. I loved the captions written by Stein to accompany most of the images – his reminscing was really interesting and painted a picture of the era.
Somerset House is probably one of my favourite spots in London (especially on a sunny day!) and there’s always something going on at one of the galleries there so it’s definitely worth checking out their listings. Unfortunately the last day of this exhibition was on Sunday however if you want to see all the images by Stein you can grab a copy of the book published by Rizzoli – also titled ‘Chris Stein/ Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk’ – here as well as from retailers nationwide. (priced £35)