New York City is a vibrant city with extraordinary people! Speaking of, we had the absolute pleasure of delighting in an event with Edward Colver, where he delved into his Punk photography background, & how it has influenced the future! In his exclusive with The 7th Magazine’s Blog, Edward Colver discusses his Photography, Book, & more…
When did you decide to pursue photography as a career?
“Very soon after I starting shooting photographs, I decided to pursue photography as a “career”. I had studied all forms of applied art through grade school, high school & junior college. I immediately enjoyed shooting photographs, I started shooting in underground LA Punk scene in late 1978, & brought all of that art background into my work. My first published happened after shooting for 3 months, a photograph of performance artist Johanna Went at the Hong Kong Cafe in LA,s China Town. By late 1983 or early 1984 I had shot photographs for 80 LA Punk records. It’s 40 year later & I’ve never ran an ad, never had a published phone number, never asked for work & use funeral sympathy cards with my info stamped on them for ”business cards”. I do not care to work with anyone that has no sense of humor. At this point I’ve shot photographs for around 500 record covers.”
You say you were self-taught. How did you learn?
“I’m basically self taught, learning from mistakes, I did not make many & did not repeat them. I was already supporting myself when I decided to take two adult education classes at UCLA. I took a beginning photography class & learned quite a bit, then took a second photography class & did not learn much of anything in it. That was in 1982 or 1983. I got a large photography studio with a loft & 22 foot high ceiling & a view of downtown LA out of the window. I lived & worked there for 18 & 1/2 years.”
“Initially I was influenced by artist, then I discovered Dianne Arbus’ work, I appreciated her work but do not consider it to be an influence.My favorite photographer is William Mortensen hands down.I really like Philippe Halsman’s work, I own prints of two portraits he shot of Salvador Dali, one from 1953 & the other from 1954.”
“A graphic designer friend told me I should put together a book of my work.He & I started working on the layout, we made 4 mock-ups, one a Punk book, one of my celebrity portraits, one of my street photography & another of my antique found objects social/political assemblage sculptures. I started making sculptures in 1984 when I got my studio. California State Fullerton published my book “Blight at the End of the Funnel” in 2006, a consolidation of my 4 volume concept. An overview of my work up until that point.”
“I’m hoping to start working on a layout of another book, a BIG fat all Punk book that has most of my Punk era work included.”