Youth Culture 1980s and 1990s

As a college professor and enthusiastic researcher of pop culture, it is fun to photograph my students. The creativity of their clothing, hairstyles, dancing and music are endlessly fascinating. Often these young people possess a strong promise that their beliefs, protests and celebrations will change the world.  All images are film-based photography made in a darkroom.

 

Self Portrait, infrared
Self Portrait, infrared
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Taylor Dorm Band
Taylor Dorm Band

1985 infrared

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Punk Club Trio
Punk Club Trio
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The Dread and the Dead
The Dread and the Dead

1989 Charlotte, NC spontaneous shot on the street

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Punks not Dead, 1989
Punks not Dead, 1989

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Pterodactyl Club, 1989
Pterodactyl Club, 1989

This was taken outside the club and features a young man who has just been given a ticket to the Alien Sex Fiend performance.

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Mellow Gathering, 1989
Mellow Gathering, 1989
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Abandoned Building, 1988
Abandoned Building, 1988

selectively toned There was an old hotel in downtown Charlotte where the trash and graffiti were prevalent.

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The Hair,  1989
The Hair, 1989
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Candice and Leslie, Charlotte, 1989
Candice and Leslie, Charlotte, 1989
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Punk Club in Charlotte, 1989
Punk Club in Charlotte, 1989

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Chihuahua Beer
Chihuahua Beer

1988

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A War Flag, 1988
A War Flag, 1988

A former student gave me an old and tattered American flag, which was damaged during a war. We think it was the US Civil War. It seems appropriate to honor rather than destroy this relic and thus it shows up in many photographs.

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Punk Attic Studio, 1988
Punk Attic Studio, 1988
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Candice and Leslie
Candice and Leslie

Candice, a former student, helped greatly during photo shoots for research on Punk culture. Her friend, Leslie also donated much time to pose and document the scene.

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Old Hotel, Charlotte, 1988
Old Hotel, Charlotte, 1988
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Jones Dorm Group, 1985
Jones Dorm Group, 1985

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Candice and Kelly
Candice and Kelly

1989 infrared

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