BLONDIE: New York Photo Exhibit Goes Along with Chris Stein’s Book
The visual aspect of Blondie fuels a New York exhibit, as well as a just published photography book by the group’s co-founder.
Blondie was honored with a New York art exhibit for the band’s 40th birthday. In line with its underground roots, the showing at New York’s Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery includes work by the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, along with Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Blondie’s own Chris Stein.
Debbie Harry tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I like a lot of these photographs; I don’t really have a favorite. Chris is a great photographer. I’m looking forward to his next exhibit, which will be a different subject matter. I’m sick of looking at myself! Chris is definitely my favorite photographer to work with; he relaxes me.”
Stein adds, “The photos are like songs; they are movements in one larger piece, but they are more specific. I like the photographs of [Debbie] walking down the street; she’s relaxed and herself. I started taking photos of Blondie when we first met. Then we moved into a bigger place and it got a little more normal and organized.”
A Blondie Exhibition runs through next Monday. It also ties in with the publication this week of Stein’s book of photography titled Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk.