Beautiful Joy Division shots from Kevin Cummins’ new exhibition

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‘Exemplar : Joy Division’

'Exemplar : Joy Division'

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

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