Photographer Ann Summa was a punk before most of you were even born. After living in Japan and traveling across Africa in the 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and sniffed out the festive funk of Hollywood punk. In its infancy, the scene was wildly eclectic, throwing up art rock, performance art, vaudevillian satire, primal thrash, and future pop acts like the Go-Gos and X. Summa captured them all, many of them cavorting at the Masque, a cellar club that was located in the basement of the World of Wonder offices (the walls are still covered in graffiti). After nearly 30 years, Summa’s snaps have achieved the distinction of fine art and will be exhibited beginning tomorrow at the Track 16 Gallery in a show curated by art scribe Kristine McKenna.
– Text by David Keeps; photos of Lux Interior, Dinah Cancer, and Wendy O Williams by Ann Summa. More on Summa here.