History Is Made At Night
September 10 – October 16, 2016
Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, September 10 (6-8pm)
August 22, 2016 – New York, NY - agnès b. is pleased to announce the new exhibition History Is Made At Night by photographer David Godlis at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique in New York to coincide with the release of his fine art photography book of the same title. Forty years in the making, History Is Made At Night includes over 100 of Godlis’ most striking black and white images of the 1970’s punk bands, including The Ramones, Television, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith, captured at New York City’s famed music club CBGB.
“Godlis loves the night - that absence of clear definition. His imagination was turned on like a radio, his camera lens a sensual receptor,” says filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in the book’s introduction. “You feel Godlis in his photos, his interests, and attractions; his love of music, of experiments, of artists and their creations, of those strange disheveled creatures of the night.”
“I showed up at CBGB in 1976 and continued shooting almost every night until 1979,” says photographer David Godlis. “For the people who were there, they tell me the pictures look exactly like what they remember. And for the people who weren’t there, I hope the pictures show them what it would have been like to be there. As an artist, that is all I could hope for.”
Images included in the exhibition, which were taken on the Bowery in New York City and at CBGB from 1976 – 1979, will be contemporary silver prints and vintage silver prints from the artist’s archive, all of which are included in the book. History Is Made At Night will be available for purchase at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique for $40.
David Godlis is a photographer and artist who captured iconic images of the original punk rock era. Starting as a street photographer inspired by mid-20th century figures like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and Weegee, he was particularly influenced by Brassaï’s Paris by Night
(1933) to take nighttime images using only natural light. It was this technique that secured now-historic photographs of the 1970’s punk bands at CBGB, including The Ramones, Television, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith. To learn more, please visit www.godlis.com.