— On Show
The First Time I Saw the Ramones
May 16 - June 6, 2019
Opening: Thursday, May 18 from 6-9pm
72 Gallery is delighted to announce The First Time I saw the Ramones, a solo exhibition by Tom Hearn. The exhibition showcases photography from the very early New York Punk scene and explores how your life can be changed when you find the band that defines your youth.
The show chronicles the night of July 22 1976 when Tom was asked by his friend Legs McNeil to see the Ramones play at the Arcadia Ballroom in New Haven.
Together with Legs, John Holmstrom and Ged Dunn (who had launched Punk Magazine earlier that year) Tom witnessed a show that would change his life forever. In his own words, he was transformed. Fortunately the photographer Larry Kerson (who Tom was assisting at the time) encouraged him to take 2 of his own Nikon cameras and a bag with lenses and a bunch of film as he left the door.
The exhibition features works from other icons of the New York punk scene as well as the photo essay “Punk Dump” which captures the chaos and revelry at the offices of legendary Punk Magazine
Tom Hearn is a Connecticut born photographer and has been taking pictures of people and stuff he likes since the mid 70’s. Due to the artists long standing friendship with the founders of Punk Magazine –Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom – Tom was able to gain access to the shows, bands and people that defined punk and created images as iconic as his subjects.