new york: history is made at night

© david godlis the ramones, cbgb [1977]

photographer david godlis [1951] lived the heyday of cbgb, the legendary club in new york city and epicenter of american punk rock. having arrived in town in his mid-twenties, godlis immediately gravitated towards the venue to document happeings in and around the stage. influenced by brassaï’s photo series paris de nuit to take nighttime images using only natural light, it was this specific technique that secured now-historic photographs of 1970s punk bands, including the ramones, television, blondie, richard hell, and patti smith. the galerie boutique agnès b. in soho is to host an exhibition by godlis, opening on sat – sep 10 [6pm-8pm]. it's aptly entitled history is made at night and coincides with the long-anticipated release of his fine art photography book of the same title. the book has been fourty years in the making, and includes over 100 of godlis’ most striking black + white images. the exhibition at galerie boutique agnès b. features includes shots which were taken at cbgb from 1976-1979 and on the bowery, and will consist of contemporary silver prints and vintage silver prints from the artist’s archive. obviously, copies of the aforementioned book will be available for purchase during the show. location: 50 howard street [soho].

© david godlis  patti smith, bowery [1976] and no wave punks, bowery [1978]