Punk has many definitions but when it comes to music, it is more akin to “a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s.” Politically, it is associated with anarchy; a rebellion against the establishment. So I’m not sure I would describe Debbie Harry or her music with her band, Blondie, as punk. Unless I’m missing something?

For example, the 1979 hit Heart of Glass seems to be more akin to a disco/pop track emerging from a nightclub in New York, as part of the American New Wave music scene.

Heart of Glass

Not to mention that in Rapture, Debbie Harry starts to rap halfway through this 1981 hit which sounds more like hip hop or should I say hip pop.

Rapture

But when you look at Debbie Harry’s style and make-up from the 70s and 80s, you could see how she would fit in with the King’s Road punk scene. Her edgy yet sultry look defined Debbie Harry as an icon of her time. And Brian Aris’s collection of photographs for Proud Chelsea’s latest exhibition manages to show us exactly why.

Until 17th February 2013, Proud Chelsea will be exhibiting stills from Aris’s personal archive that include shots from the video shoot of “Island of Lost Souls” on the Scilly Isles as well as sittings in London and New York. These photographs have never been seen before and they are stunning.

bie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris

 

bie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian ArisSo whether you are a Debbie Harry fan or are looking to appreciate the photos of a style icon, I know you’ll enjoy this exhibition: ‘Debbie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris.’

Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Rd, London, Greater London SW3 5XP

I popped into Proud Chelsea last week to take a look at their latest exhibition: Marilyn: Intimate Exposures Photographs by Bruno Bernard.

On the walls I discovered photos I had never seen before and being a huge Marilyn Monroe fan, this felt very exciting. My favourite photograph was of Marilyn as a young woman still with her red hair, crouching down as she bandaged a dog’s injured paw. This image pretty much summed up the exhibition for me. It displayed the human nature beyond the glamour of this Hollywood star.

In every photograph Marilyn Monroe looks impeccable. Yet, the photos also allow us a chance to feel like we are getting to know her all over again. This is a beautiful exhibition and as it proves, 50 years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, true beauty never fades.

Marilyn Monroe, Circa 1952, classic Pin-up photo © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

Marilyn: Intimate Exposures Photographs by Bruno Bernard, Proud Chelsea, 1st August – 9th September 2012, www.proud.co.uk