PYMCA Introduces Graham Smith – ‘We Can Be Heroes – Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion’

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With it’s imposing presence, PYMCA introduces the fantastic, highly significant work of Graham Smith. Harking back to the early 1980s, Graham’s work represents a time fuelled by the ferocious angst of the recent punk years. Embodying a transition into the New Romantic era, Graham documented the emergence of a colourful and expressive movement in youth culture.

Star spangled with recognisable faces, Graham documents the early days of fame for the scene’s key performers including Spandau Ballet, Boy George and Sade, whilst vigorously creating album artwork and flyers for many London clubs.

Graham celebrated his 50th birthday by mustering years of prestigious work into the book We Can Be Heroes – Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion. London Clubland, 1976-84. Published by Unbound via crowd funding. Based around 500 photographs, he rounded up its leading protagonists – with an introduction by Robert Elms, contributions from Boy George, Gary…

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