Between 1983 and 1985, New York City photographer Drew Carolan began photographing the patrons of the now infamous hardcore matinees that were going on at the seminal underground music club, CBGB. During the week, Carolan was working as an assistant to legendary portrait photographer Richard Avedon, and on weekends he set up a makeshift studio across the street from CBGB and intercepted kids on their way to the all-ages afternoon shows. The result is a collection of photographs capturing the beauty, vulnerability, and the unbridled energy of youth during the height of the Reagan years. The Bowery at that time was a true melting pot of downtrodden adults, underage hardcore punk kids, and people living on the fringes of society. Now, more that thirty years later, all of that has disappeared and a copacetic, prosperous, and gentrified element has taken its place. While the hardcore punk scene still thrives today, these photographs capture a time and place in history that no longer exists.
“The richly detailed photography in Drew Carolan’s Matinee: All Ages On The Bowery, shot from 1983 to 1985 outside CBGB’s legendary all-ages shows on Saturdayand Sunday afternoons, captures the anxiety, pride and studied raggedness of one of rock history’s great treehouse clubs.”
– From the essay by Ben Sisario of The New York Times.
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