Jon Savage speaks with Nick Knight about his series of photographs Uninhabited London in the latest instalment of our Punk: Photography project. Now most noted for his writing and cultural commentary, particularly his best selling book Englands Dreaming, Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Savage recalls how punk instilled in its participants a sense of freedom. He had no impression that he needed to define himself either as a writer or a photographer, the Do It Yourself ethos gave a sense of empowerment where he was able to embrace both disciplines.
His series of photographs capture the Ballardian dereliction of London at that time. During a dull, cold Sunday, Savage took 35 images that present the punk landscape and set the scene for our punk exhibition. Visit us now and see the series on display at 19 Motcomb Street, London.
The interview series continues on Friday when Knight speaks with Judy Linn about her photography of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith.