My favorite ARTivists are those who capture times of change and the grassroots movements that come out from it… and we’re going through another one of those times now. A part of me is almost fast forwarding to the future in my mind, where there will be people showcasing all the wonderful things that are happening right now. In the meantime, there are many who are sharing from the times that have gone by…
I grew up enjoying the alternative creative scene… So, it was only recently that a friend told me about an exhibition in London I couldn’t miss. I was glad to have seen the recent London showing of Glen E. Friedman’s work… it brought back a lot of memories of people I’ve followed over the years. And if you’ve missed his work or don’t know who this guy is, get to know him – amazing and inspiring ❤
Glen E. Friedman, universally considered to be one of the most prominent photographers of his generation, is most well known for his influential images of rebellious artists from classic skateboarding, hip hop and punk. His photographs of key figures such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Ice- T, and Dead Kennedys, as well as skateboarding originators Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta not only cemented the importance of these radical subcultures at their beginnings, but have become the definitive graphic documents of them today. Friedman’s ubiquitous presence at the start of such significant movements allowed him a platform to capture the intense spir
it of progression and angst that defined an era. His approach, more incendiary than documentary, is, according to Henry Rollins, furthered by the fact that he was,”…there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it’s not funny.” Friedman’s work is included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution.
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