More than 40 years ago a young photographer in New York called Chris Stein met Debbie Harry and together formed the iconic band Blondie.
Stein recently published this photo book featuring what had been mostly unpublished photos of Debbie Harry along with various personalities from the 1970s and 1980s New York rock scene including Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Ramones. It depicts the time before and during the huge rise of the band. Chris Stein’s photographs helped establish Harry as an international pop culture icon. Discover the latest reveal, in pictures, of the story behind a band whose influence on music and fashion still apply four decades after Blondie came about. As of 2014, they were still touring.
Chris Stein and Deborah Harry feature together to talk about the book in this November 2014 BBC interview. You can also watch a report about their corresponding Blondie 40th anniversary photo exhibition at Somerset House in London, which ran from November 5 2014 to February 8 2015. The exhibition featured a total of 50 images.
As a photographer, Chris Stein’s work has been widely exhibited and published in galleries and in print worldwide. He was a student at the School of Visual Arts before he began documenting the downtown New York culture from 1968, which ultimately led to his meeting and working with Debbie Harry there in 1973 and pursuing their joint musical venture the following year. His 2014 book was published in September 2014 by Rizzoli International, with contributions from Deborah Harry and Glenn O’Brien.
Buy the book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk