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Exemplar: Joy Division - Proud Camden

Ian Curtis, The Factory at The Russell Club, 13 July 1979 £900 ex VAT

Exhibition preview

PROUD Camden is presenting an exhibition entitled Exemplar: Joy Division, which is currently on display until December 11, 2011.

Joy Division pioneered a genre of music and defined the look and sound of the post-punk era, and thirty years after the death of their lead singer Ian Curtis, they remain one of the most influential rock bands to have come out of England.

Between their infamous live performances and two studio albums in the late 1970s, Joy Division set the Manchester scene alight, established Factory Records as the most influential label in pop music, and recorded some of the most enduring songs of the era.

Kevin Cummins began his career just as the band formed, and for the few short years of their career was given closer access to them than any other photographer. Cummins has taken more than two hundred images of this rarely photographed band: sensitive photographs that capture their quiet introspection offstage, their close relationships as band mates, and Curtis’s legendary energy in live performances.

The photographs are exhibited alongside Cummins’ book, with supplements to the iconic images, concert tickets, unreleased record sleeves, fan club badges, Factory Records flyers, and other rare ephemera.

This exhibition and book is the most definitive and heavily illustrated celebration of the band ever produced. Moreover, Proud Camden will be hosting a book signing with celebrated photographer Kevin Cummins on Saturday, November 26 from 11.30am until 12.30pm.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm; Saturday 11am to 4pm.

Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH