COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Spain / Salvador Costa

3,200 items.

Salvador Costa (Barcelona, 1948-2008), photographer and author of one of the seminal photo-books on the international punk phenomenon. In the spring of 1977, called by his cousin Jordi Valls, he was a direct witness to its emergence in London, attending in the span of just a few days numerous concerts held in the British capital in venues such as the Roxy, where he documented with his camera not only the performances of Cherry Vanilla, The Cortinas, Generation X, The Jam, Johnny Mopped, The Lurkers, Models, The Polices, XTC, and The Strangles, but also the audience who became the undisputed protagonists of his shots, including Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols as well just hanging out.

Back from his London foray, Costa presented the work to Juan José Fernández, who published it that same year under his label Producciones Editoriales label with the title Punk, the eighth publication of his Especial Star Books collection, in which there are only two dedicated to photography (the other, Disparos, bears witness to the hippie movement of the sixties).

He was a regular contributor to Star magazine in its final stage, where he published some of his photographs of music groups, such as Burning and La Banda Trapera del Río, the latter of which he followed and portrayed in numerous sessions, from 1977 until their separation in 1982.

Of the almost 3,200 items by Salvador Costa in Archivo Lafuente, more than 2,700 are negatives and about 400 are photographs, of which almost half are related to Punk, between published and either discarded or unpublished photographs—along with about 550 negatives, a cover mock-up and the publication itself. The other photographs are dedicated to groups from the national scene such as La Banda Trapera del Río (with more than 1,400 negatives) and Burning, and international groups such as Iggy Pop, Chuck Berry and Lene Lovich; others document festivals (Canet Rock) and his trips to London and New York (1972 and 1974, respectively); not to mention the collaborations for Star (including 200 negatives), as well as a small sample of his advertising work.


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