Photographer Glen E. Friedman will be showing a selection of his iconic countercultural photographs in London’s Covent Garden later this month organised by All Tommorow’s Parties.
‘My Rules’ accompanies his book of the same title, recently published by Rizzoli, and chronicles American subculture through Friedman’s immersion and observation since the 1970s.
The intense and action packed images of the hip-hop, punk and skateboarding scenes include some of the most seminal portraits of those within it; Run DMC, Black Flag, LL Cool J, Minor Threat, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys stand alongside skateboarders Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta as the legends of the underground that Friedman sought to celebrate. The photographs capture countercultures which were largely insular at their inception or ignored by the mainstream and have since become inlayed within our minds as some of the most iconic and seminal images of subcultural icons before their influence became so fundamental to our understanding of the twentieth century. Friedman as an individual encapsulated the raw energy of creation which pioneered this time by immersing himself within these progressive subcultures at their most fundamental moments.
Friedman’s photographs are energetic and rebellious, immortalising pivotal moments that played out in music or on the street through definitive portraits of their counterculture heroes.
The exhibition will comprise of over 50 colour and black and white fine art photographic prints – many of which have never been exhibited before. Classic images from Friedman’s last UK exhibition at the ICA in 1997 are also included. After the premiere in London, the My Rules exhibition will continue to tour worldwide.
Glen E. Friedman ‘My Rules’ Photography Exhibition
November 21st 2014 – January 18th 2015
14 Henrietta St, Covent Garden WC2H
Friedman will also be doing a talk during the opening weekend, where the details will be announced here