Can we all just take a minute to appreciate how badass the Sex Pistols were? Although technically a manufactured band, I’m not sure drinking on stage or tartan will ever look the same again, and I for one feel rather annoyed not to have been a kid on the scene.
If you google Sex Pistols you’re met with more images of the Union Jack than if you google The Queen herself, but between the blur of red, blue and white are the iconic, monochromatic images of Paris based punk photographer Pierre Benain. In 1978, Benain was asked to feature Johnny Rotten in French magazine, Actuel and fortunately for him said interview turned into a three day escapade at Rotten’s Fulham flat. It was here that he captured various iconic shots of the Pistols partying and a certain Sid Vicious holding a knife up to the throat of Nancy Spungen, unknowingly providing the media with the material they needed for that worldwide exposé later on in the year.
Luckily for us all, this set of largely unpublished photographs are making their way into the spotlight and are now on show at Snap Galleries in Piccadilly. Get down there before the 5th March, revel in the punk scene and admire the original Sex Pistols poster from their first concert in Paris. Through his time with the band, Benain hung around with the likes of Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and Don Letts, so who knows what else is in store, just know it will be good.