Item #8324 Punk. Salvador Costa, Jordi Vargas, introduction.
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Punk. Fotografías de Salvador Costa

Barcelona: Producciones Editorales, 1977. 1st Edition. Small slim folio, publisher's stiff illustrated paper wraps.

Exceedingly scarce photobook documenting the late 1970s punk scene by little known Catalan photographer Salvador Costa. A student of photojournalist Oriol Maspons, Costa was encouraged to visit London to chronicle the fulminating music movement in 1976 by his cousin Jordi Vargas (Vagina Dentata Organ), an artist and performer who was living in the city at the time. While he only took two short trips in 1977, with Vargas as his guide Costa was able to snap roughly 1,000 pics of musical acts such as Generation X, the Jam, XTC, Johnny Rotten, the Stranglers, and Cherry Vanilla at the Roxy and the 100 Club, along with candids of audience members with many images of sartorial details. Upon his return to Barcelona, Costa brought the images to editor-in-chief of countercultural magazine Star Juan José Fernandez who (much to Costa’s surprise) suggested a selection be published as an edition in his Especial Star series. The book was a massive success in Spain, largely attributable to the antiauthoritarian youth culture that developed post-Franco, and notably did well in London where it was most commonly sold next to books by Burroughs and other Beat writers and in record stores. Illustrated in black-and-white with full-page plates; with an essay by Vargas on the real-time development of the movement. Text in Spanish. Light rubbing and edgewear to wraps. Near fine. Item #8324

$500.00