A new Kevin Cummins exhibition, ‘Exemplar : Joy Division’, is running at The Manchester Photographic Gallery until February 26th. Here’s pre-JD band Warsaw at Rafters, Manchester, 30th June, 1977. “Warsaw opened for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. It was maybe their fifth gig,” remembers Cummins.
Ian at TJ Davidson’s, 19th August, 1979. “This is a more formal shot. I thought Ian would feel more comfortable if he knew he’d almost be silhouetted against the window light.”
Ian and Bernard Sumner at TJ Davidson’s, 19th August, 1979. Kevin says: “A rare shot of Ian smiling. I didn’t release this shot for years. It wouldn’t have helped the mystique we were trying to create around the band.”
Artist Scott King, whose work is inspired by the band, shows off his lyrical tattoo in Old Street, London.
Leigh Festival. “Leigh was more or less the mid-point between Manchester and Liverpool. Due to a Bank Holiday public transport strike, the gig was sparsely attended,” Kevin recalls.
Joy Division, near Manchester Cathedral, 6th January 1979. Kevin says: “I didn’t want a formal band shot. I wanted it to look more ethereal – lost souls wandering around in the snow.”
A shot of Ian smoking for a prospective NME cover shoot (which was never used) in Hulme, Manchester 6th January, 1979.
Set list for Bowdon Vale Youth Club 14th March, 1979. “This belongs to Gillian Gilbert. She blagged it at the gig,” Kevin says.
Ian and Bernard Sumner, TJ Davidson’s, 19th August, 1979. “The walls were actually a muddy brown colour. It wouldn’t have worked as well as a colour shot.”
Leigh Festival, 27th August, 1979. “Also on the bill were The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Distractions and more,” says Kevin.
Ian Curtis, TJ Davidson’s rehearsal rooms, 19th August, 1979. “Although this looks like a very solitary portrait, the rest of the band are sitting around him talking. He thought he’d be too self-conscious one on one,” Kevin says.