Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool
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Spanning music, art, literature, the industrial/punk scenes of San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 1980s were diverse but united by a DIY, anti-authoritarian attitude. Photographer Ruby Ray was there to capture it all. With her work appearing in the legendary zine "Search & Destroy" and its successor "RE/Search", Ray was at the epicentre, a key participant in a vital cultural moment vibrant with provocation and creativity. This publication collects the photographer's images from this time.A local experimental music and art scene supported artists like Bruce Conner, William S. Burroughs and Louise Nevelson and attracted groundbreaking bands like Devo, the Mutants, Boyd Rice and the Dead Kennedys, as well as established international bands like Throbbing Gristle, the Clash and the Sex Pistols (in fact, Ray was there to shoot their famous final concert at the Winterland Ballroom)."Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool" collects the photographer's images from this time: live shots, backstage parties, apartments overflowing with youthful exuberance, elegant portraits of key people and photographic experiments. Her work captures a time and a place where West Coast open-mindedness, youth, art, music and electricity merged. As Carl Abrahamsson puts it in his introduction to this volume, "Ruby's images open up a portal to a mythic and frenzied scene and shows that it's true: all mythologies are real."Ruby Ray (born 1952) is an American photographer, well known for her photography of the early punk, post-punk and industrial movements in California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She began her photography career in 1977, when her photographs began appearing in "Search & Destroy".
ISBN 9789198451238. Trapart Books.