This exhibition includes a selection of acts the photographer captured of the post-punk waterfront, a time when Scotland was at the epicentre of the independent music boom. It includes Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice, The Dreamboys (featuring bow-tied frontman Peter Capaldi - decades before his screen roles as Malcolm Tucker and now Dr Who - with US late-night chat show host, Craig Ferguson on drums), The Laughing Apple (featuring Alan McGee who set up the mega successful Creation Records), Claire Grogan of Altered Images, The Bluebells, Billy Mackenzie, Aztec Camera, and Edinburgh luminaries Davy Henderson (the Fire Engines, and now of The Sexual Objects, Nectarine No.9, Win), Josef K and The Scars. Also on show are a few images of British and US punk acts – both pre and post punk - such as Gil Scott-Heron, The Clash, The Specials, and Julian Cope.
The images are from the period 1979-1984 when he was a staff photographer for the essential music weekly of the period, Sounds, providing countless front covers. They are from the collection 'What Presence: the Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos' at Street Level Photoworks, co-curated with Ken McCluskey.
The book of the same name published by Polygon is available in the Summerhall bookshop.
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