If you donât know who Edward Colver is, chances are youâve seen his pictures of the LA hardcore scene, some of the iconic punk album covers that he took the pictures for, or maybe you even saw him in the documentary American Hardcore
Edward Colver is a self-taught photographer who documented punk rock history. Between 1978-1984 he went to shows five nights a week to take pictures of the LA hardcore scene. What he documented is absolutely fascinating and is an essential part of punk rock and even American music history.
But donât take my word for it. Hereâs what Jello Biafra said about his photography in Edward Colverâs book Blight at the End of the Funnel
: âAnyone even slightly interested in LAâs underground has seen it through an Edward Colver photo. Edward shined a light on the underlying darkness in a way that would make Weegee proud. The menace, the alienated kids, theyâre on again off again camaraderie, and the fright behind macho eyes. The threads of disturbance in Edwardâs work stitches together live fast die young no hope suburbia with hardcore homeless of dying downtown Los Angeles; before their ranks mushroomed as Reagan-Clinton America abandoned its misfits and disadvantaged. Edward brings out the Fellini in almost anything that steps into his lens.â
Punknews staffer Ricky Frankel met Edward at his gallery showing in Los Angeles, which you can read a review of here
, and interviewed him about a week after first meeting him.
His exhibit ran from September 20, 2014 to November 21, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. Thereâs more information about it here.
And you can check out some of Edward Colverâs work here
, or you can buy his awesome book Blight at the End of the Funnel