The Beautiful and the Damned (photographs by Ann Summa, edited by Kristine McKenna, published by Foggy Notion Books/Smart Art Press)
Photographer Ann Summa and writer Kristine McKenna will present a slideshow and discuss and sign their new book of L.A. punk photographs The Beautiful and the Damned.
When photographer Ann Summa arrived in Los Angeles in 1978, the city’s punk scene was still fresh, diverse, smart, utterly original—and fertile territory for a young photographer. The Beautiful & the Damned is a collection of her portraits of the musicians, artists and fans who made Los Angeles such a crucial part of the history of punk. Taken between 1978 and 1984, the images mostly revolve around L.A.’s first punk generation, and include portraits of the Germs, the Screamers, X, the Cramps and the Gun Club, among many others.
Ann Summa studied photography in Japan. Her work has been regularly published for the past 30 years in publications including em>Artnews, Rolling Stone and The Los Angeles Times.