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Beautiful Joy Division shots from Kevin Cummins' new exhibition

  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • Artist Scott King, whose work is inspired by the band, shows off his lyrical tattoo in Old Street, London.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • A shot of Ian smoking for a prospective NME cover shoot (which was never used) in Hulme, Manchester 6th January, 1979.

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  • Set list for Bowdon Vale Youth Club 14th March, 1979. "This belongs to Gillian Gilbert. She blagged it at the gig," Kevin says.

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  • 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."

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  • Leigh Festival, 27th August, 1979. "Also on the bill were The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Distractions and more," says Kevin.

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  • 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.

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  • Ian’s memorial stone at Macclesfield crematorium. It was later stolen. For more information go to Manchester Photographic Gallery and Kevin Cummins' website.

    Photo: Kevin Cummins

    Added: 16 Jan 2012