Born June 17, 1949, in Pomona CA., Edward Curtiss Colver (a third-generation Southern Californian) was named after his 12-times removed great-grandfather, who arrived in the U.S. from Cornwall England in 1635. Edward’s father, Charles, was a forest ranger for 43 years in charge of a 17,000 acre experimental forest. Upon his retirement, Charles was presented with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award by President George H. W. Bush at the White House. The tallest peak southwest of Mount San Antonio aka Mount Baldy, was named after Charles (Colver Peak) .
Edward is essentially a self taught photographer; his brief formal training occurred during night classes at UCLA, where he studied beginning photography with Eileen Cowin. Largely influenced by Dada and Surrealism, Edward was most impressed in his early years by the art of Southern Californian native Edward Kienholz. In the late 1960′s, Edward’s perspective on life and art was changed by his exposure to composers such as Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and John Cage.
Three months after he began taking photographs, Edward had his first photo published: an image of performance artist Johanna Went, featured in Bam magazine. Since then he has shot photos for dozens of record labels including EMI, Capitol, and Geffen. His photographs have been featured on more than 500 album covers and include some of the most recognizable and iconic covers of the late 20th century. His work as a rock photographer is well documented in the film American Hardcore.
With the launch of his website in 2000, Edward officially entered the punk fashion world with his line of punk and gothic t-shirts:
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Edward has been doing photography for about 43 years, has never advertised, he does not solicit work and his phone number has always been unpublished.
Edward has created 20th Century Icons with his photos. Colver is best known for his early punk photos. 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. This web site presents punk rock photography from the photographer who defined the style.
Edward has defined punk photography and continues to leave his mark on music. He has been shooting photographs for over 35 years and never ran an ad, never solicited work, never published his phone number and uses funeral sympathy cards with his information stamped on them for “business cards.”
“The Eye of Punk”
“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