I sometimes scoff at the fact retain fashion bloggers seem to have a photographer – usually their boyfriend – on hand to capture their every move, but actually, it’s nothing new. Case in point: Blondie star Debbie Harry and her friend, bandmate and lover Chris Stein.
Somerset House will showcase a series of these iconic and previously unpublished photographs in a mega exhibition celebrating Blondie’s 40th anniversary.
As well as featuring images of the chart-topping group in their early days and backstage on tour, Stein has selected other favourites from his archive from Andy Warhol to William Burroughs (“He took us shooting in his barn”) to Bill Murray (“He was on this drinking tour, he was kinda inebriated”), David Bowie, The Ramones and other icons of the 70s and 80s new wave world.
Featuring over 50 images, the exhibition documents Blondie’s journey to global stardom with street photography, intimate shots of Harry and pics of the people who crossed their paths, serving as a snapshot of the punk scene that Blondie pioneered – and cementing the fact that Blondie’s influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.
Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk
Somerset House (East Wing Galleries, East Wing)
5th November 2014 – 25th January 2015