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Photographer EDWARD COLVER
“The Eye of LA Punk” defined the style

Edward has created 20th Century Icons with his photos.  Colver is best known for his early punk photos, which are now both vintage photography and more popular than ever.  The moments he captured on film will live on as icons not only because of the vision of the photos themselves, but because they eloquently document the birth of punk music, fashion, art and lifestyle in Los Angeles.
Edward is by far the most published punk photographer EVER.

This web site presents punk rock photography from the photographer who defined the style.
Explore galleries, a store including his book,photographs,prints and tshirts.

Pick up a copy of his photo book Blight at the End of the Funnel either hard or soft cover (we recommend HARD)
and check out
Edward Colver’s California Casualty” punk clothing line designed and produced by “Old School Dropout”.

People always say “oh YEAH, I’ve seen that shot!!” because they have.  On album covers, in magazines, on websites, in print at galleries, at parties, in skate shops,  tattoo parlors, punk clubs, on street corners,  your kid’s wall, or your dad’s office.  Colver’s been in magazines for 30 years.  He defined punk photography for everyone else.

If you were part of the punk movement, or had any interest at all in punk rock or punk fashion, you’ve probably seen his work.  Flip through punk magazines at any time in the past 30 years you probably saw some of his photographs. Maybe you saw a favorite rock star wearing one of Edward’s shirts.  Maybe your daughter has some pics of his on her wall or your wife has one up in the kitchen. Maybe your parents are idiots, but you know all about the birth of hard core punk in LA, and who the best photographer was.

You might order his signed book for yourself or someone you hate.  You might buy some prints and then set them on fire.  While you’re here, pick up a t shirt for the kids and for yourself to throw up in.  Parents and kids alike will enjoy these punk t shirt designs while slam dancing the
night away or reading a good punk photo book, what better bed time story?

Not surprisingly, his work was featured fairly extensively in the film and the book “American Hardcore”.
There really is no punk photographer like this one, nobody else is in his league.
There are a few other good punk photographers for sure, but this one is THE LA punk photographer, I’m sorry but this is final.

For Licensing and other inquiries
Please email: thepeople@edwardcolver.com

“The Eye of Punk”
Aesop Decker

“As many of you know, punk and hardcore changed my life by showing me that through resourceful independence people can build their own scene and be creative on their own terms. Edward Colver shot some amazing photos of the hardcore scene and one became the cover for Steven Blush’s excellent book “American Hardcore”.  Anyone who cares about the influence of indie music should check him out.”
Shepard Fairey

“The reason so many people consider Edward Colver the photographer of note of that era is that his photos, besides documenting the people
and the milieu, are informed by Colver’s transcendent artistic vision as a photographer.  That is why so many of his images of that scene
at that time have become iconic touchstones.”
Richard Vidan


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