Too Old To Die Young
Launched at 2pm on Saturday 14th October, punk photographer Phil King revealled his inaugural photography exhibition depicting the live shows from bands such as The Dammed, UK Subs and Penetration.
A gig by The Adverts at Middleton Civic Hall in 1977 was the moment which ignited a revolutionary spark within him and he has been following punk ever since.
Fast forward to 2010 and Phil picked up his first digital camera and he began to teach himself photography. Nothing sat more comfortably with him than taking photos of the bands he had always loved. And by strange coincidence, Phil currently shoots on a Sony Alpha 77, the year in which Phil’s love affair with punk began.
And now, with a significant social media following, Phil has embarked on his first gallery exhibition showcasing his favourite images from the past eight years. The photos capture the energy and excitement of a punk gig and demonstrate that 40 years on the passion of these aging punk artists has barely diminished.
“I’m really excited to be holding my first exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery and hope that people will get as much pleasure from these photos as I did taking them. Perhaps they will even consider coming to a gig in the future” states Phil. “The exhibition is quite personal to me. Most people believe that music can change the world. These punk musicians may not have succeeded in changed the whole world but they certainly have changed me and created the person I am today.”
The show is on until 7th November 2017 at:
Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial
Wellington Rd South
Tuesday to Friday: 1pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Bank holidays: 11am to 5pm