Today I’ve been feeling very guilty that I didn’t notice and share with you all the publication of this exceptional looking book Beauty Lies in the Eye which documented the late 70s and early 80s underground music scene in New York and was published last year.
The photographer who took all of the photographs in the book Catherine Ceresole, and her husband Nicolas, who worked as an audio engineer moved to New York in 1979, lured in by the thriving underground music scene.
Ceresole started photographing the New York punk, no-wave and avant-garde musicians in concert and then in intimate settings as she formed relationships with them. Featuring some of the most organic images of the counter culture icons such as Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, Glenn Branca, Arto Lindsay, Christian Marclay, the Beastie Boys and many others at the very beginnings of their careers.
This unique photographic documentary is a must for anyone interested in this incredibly important time and place for music and underground culture. Her photographs encapsulate that untouchable coolness that the no-wave scene so specially possessed with its destructive politics of noise and its presentation of New York at a time when it was radically changing. The effect of Ceresole’s decision to not use flash after irritating Lydia Lunch while she was once performing adds to the murkiness and underground feel to the images. Many of these photographs also appeared in totally iconic zines such as Forced Exposure, Unsound and Thurston Moore’s Killer and even made their way into Art Forum.
There are also texts by Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Rhys Chatham, Mark Cunningham, Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and a conversation between Catherine Ceresole and Emmanuel Grandjean, along with Nicolas Ceresole and Francis Baudevin.
And you can buy it here