Skip Bolen: Ramones
November 10 – December 5, 2018
Opening: Saturday, Nov 10, 6pm
On the night of Sunday, November 18, 1979, Skip Bolen picked up his Olympus OM2 camera with 50mm lens, 2 rolls of Kodak Tri-X B&W film and headed to a club called Ole Man Rivers in Avondale on the other side of the Mississippi River from New Orleans, to see the Ramones. It was the first band he ever really photographed!
On November 10, 2018 at 6pm, for the first time ever, Skip will be showing all the photos of the Ramones -including both contact sheets- which he shot on that fateful night in 1979.
The Second Saturday opening will include special t-shirts to commemorate the show, and Ernie spinning punk tunes for your listening pleasure. A fun time is promised~
Skip Bolen is a southern born photographer documenting a type of urban landscape found mostly in the run down and decaying vestiges of an earlier time – the disappearing historic landscape of vintage signs, old water towers, telephone poles, cemeteries, historic architecture and other points of interest in New York City, Los Angeles and across the South – primarily his hometown of New Orleans. Over the past few years, Skip has become fascinated with photographing New Orleans culture including jazz and live music, Mardi Gras Indians, Mardi Gras, and cemeteries – and while it’s a terribly cliched subject, he finds that he is searching for new ways to document and capture them.
Also a member of IATSE Local 600 (International Cinematographers Guild), Bolen works as a still photographer in the motion picture and television industry – capturing stills and behind the scenes images of actors, crew and production. Those same skills apply to all his live music club, concert, festival and jazz photography where he strives to convey a story in the photo.
Skip Bolen’s photographs are in public and private collections, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Louisiana State Museum and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland. His photography has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Life, Rolling Stone, Vogue, New York Post, US Weekly, Elle, MTV, VH-1, New York Magazine, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Where New Orleans and many others. He is represented by WireImage.com, Getty Images and European PressPhoto Agency.