Chalkie Davies' stunning rock photographs: The Clash, Springsteen, Bowie and more
He snapped Sid and Nancy in his bathroom, and Debbie Harry with a hangover. The legendary punk and rock photographer, Chalkie Davies, recalls the surprising moments behind some of the defining images of the era
One town along from Sully – the village near Cardiff where Chalkie Davies grew up – is Barry. "It was the place that steam trains went to die," explains Davies over the phone from New York, where he now lives.
It was in Barry, aged 14, that he took his very first photo and began a journey which saw him, through the Seventies and Eighties, shoot some of the most important figures in modern music.
At 16, Davies moved to London and landed a job at the NME. David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were among his first subjects.
"I used music to create the right environment and then worked as quickly as possible," says Davies of his success. "I'd probably have my camera hidden behind my back and I'd whip it out, take a few frames and put it back behind my back."
He took the intimate shot of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in the bathroom of the house he shared with Phil Lynott, of Thin Lizzy. "They used to come around and watch black-and-white Elvis Presley movies." And, I ask, was this in London or New York? "It was in Cricklewood."
Chalkie Davies' images are at Snap Galleries, London SW1, to 26 April; snapgalleries.com
film Sex scene trailer sees a shirtless Jamie Dornan turn up the heat
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account