‘The First Time I Saw The Ramones’ at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

Photo: Tom Hearn

Photographer Tom Hearn spent the night of July 22, 1976 at the Acadia Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut. Attending at the behest of friend Legs McNeil, co-founder of Punk Magazine, that was the first time he saw the Ramones play live. And he captured it on film for posterity.

Now, those images are on display as part of a new solo exhibition at the nascent 72 Gallery (behind the Great Frog) on Orchard Street, “The First Time I Saw the Ramones.”

The month-long exhibit kicked off last night, and runs through June 6.

Below is the press release:

The First Time I saw the Ramones, a solo exhibition by Tom Hearn. The exhibition showcases photography from the very early New York Punk scene and explores how your life can be changed when you find the band that defines your youth.

The show chronicles the night of July 22 1976 when Tom was asked by his friend Legs McNeil to see the Ramones play at the Arcadia Ballroom in New Haven.

Together with Legs, John Holmstrom and Ged Dunn (who had launched Punk Magazine earlier that year) Tom witnessed a show that would change his life forever. In his own words, he was transformed. Fortunately the photographer Larry Kerson (who Tom was assisting at the time) encouraged him to take 2 of his own Nikon cameras and a bag with lenses and a bunch of film as he left the door.

The exhibition features works from other icons of the New York punk scene as well as the photo essay “Punk Dump” which captures the chaos and revelry at the offices of legendary Punk Magazine.

Tom Hearn is a Connecticut born photographer and has been taking pictures of people and stuff he likes since the mid 70’s. Due to the artists long standing friendship with the founders of Punk Magazine –Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom – Tom was able to gain access to the shows, bands and people that defined punk and created images as iconic as his subjects.

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