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Philippe Carly

To say that Philippe Carly has been witness to some of the biggest moments in European rock, punk and new wave music history would be a serious understatement, and on more than one level. One look at his massive gallery of pictures and you'll see those big moments but also small ones too. Both on and off the stage. A glance here, a grimace there, Carly's photos serve as a perfect metaphor for the raw and undisciplined subjects they depict. And man, there are a lot of them.

Philippe, on his work. "I started photographing groups when the punk started: the music was so exciting and there was so much creative juices flowing around I had to be part of it. Unfortunately my musical skills were (and still are) largely insufficient, even by punk standards. So I decided to contribute through photography and design. I am very straightforward and down to earth with my photography: I am there to try and represent with the smallest achievable bias. To show what the real artists (the musicians) are doing. I want to make photos they will love showing to their kids and grand kids in 10 or 20 years, photos that will depict them as they were, thrilling and charming the crowds. They are testimonies to what they do best. That's why most of the time I don't like to say I'm a photographer: a photographer has an inner vision he/she translates into photos where I translate other's visions."

During a string of Fridays we featured a single work from a photographer, with a link to his or her online portfolio and a few words.