Beautiful Joy Division shots from Kevin Cummins’ new exhibition

‘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.


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.”



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