Rare Photo booth Shots of Paris’ Hardcore Punk Scene From the ’80s
While punk still lives on today, be it as an inspiration on different facets of creativity, or through actual contemporary punk bands, it was undoubtedly in its prime during the mid-70s to ’80s. Having started off in Great Britain, the angst-filled, rebellious movement went on to free the minds of many the world over. With France being just on the other side of the water, it was inevitable that its locals would pick up on the scene, and adapt it to their own, french ways. Thanks to i-D magazine, who found Laul and group of his Facebook friends who have all decided to share their punk-filled youths online mostly through series of photo booth images, we get a rare glimpse at what life was like for a young punk head in Paris from back in the 1980s.
The photographs showcase the personal archive of Laul, a former member of punk/no wave band Lucrate Milk (seen below), and his then-cohorts all dressed to the nines in hardcore punk gear. While often perceived as a group of no-good punks, Laul and his punk friends do a good job of unveiling the candid side to their youths, which in fact were just a bunch of creative kids doing what they liked.
“We were a small group of artists; Masto and Gaboni were photographers, Nina was a painter, and I was a kind of graphic designer. We just wanted to be together, we didn’t want to please anyone, we were making video clips but not to be on TV,” Laul tells i-D Mag in their interview with the ex-punk rocker. There’s a lot more insight on this slice of Parisian Punk from the ’80s, so make sure you read throgh the original article and interview here. In the meantime, check out a few examples of Laul and the gang throughout.