« You can click away of whatever you want. That’s punk »
The photographic print
Psychic TV, 1981
Gelatin silver print
Signed by the artist on the back in pencil
Print size A5
Published by Super Labo & Galerie &co 119, 2017
Book size 23 x 22 x 0,6 cm
Published on the occasion of the exhibition « You can click away of whatever you want. That’s punk » at the gallery &co 119 from May 16 (opening) to July 8 2017
Born in 1950, Herbie Yamaguchi suffered from spinal caries and spent most of his childhood in corset, which fortunately led him to the photo club in school where he found his lifetime passion. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics before he left home for London in 1973, where he stayed for the next decade. In London, he joined the musical company “Red Buddha” led by Tsutomu Yamashita and performed on stage as an actor for a while. Soon he started to capture the days with his camera and kept a lively record of the development subculture movements, especially the punk scene in the 70’s London as he was inspired by his own experiences. Among his early works, his photographs of punk rock musicians such as Joe Strummer (The Clash) received high recognition. Once returned home to Tokyo, he kept visiting Europe to photograph hundreds of people, from artists to everyday people, which eventually became his precious collections of monochrome. His style is well-known for its delicacy and naturalness. Today he is one of the most celebrated photographers who have fans and admirers all over the world. His enthusiasm is not limited to photo collections and exhibitions: he also writes for magazines and appears on TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at Kyushu Sangyo University and Osaka University of Arts.
Publié à l'occasion de l'exposition « You can click away of whatever you want. That’s punk » à la galerie &co119, du 16 mai au 8 juillet 2017.
Herbie Yamaguchi vivait à Londres lorsque naquit le mouvement Punk. Il raconte qu’il sentait un vent nouveau souffler, surtout dans la Musique et dans la Mode. Les jeunes avec des cretes de Mohicans et des blousons de cuir devinrent vite des sujets de prédilection pour Herbie, jeune photographe en devenir et en quête de sujets. Puis dans la foulée, naissent les mouvements New Wave et New Romantic, qui permettront à Herbie d’aller plus loin dans sa demarche photographique...