Kevin Cummins Exhibition ‘Exemplar: Joy Division’

Kevin Cummins exhibition ‘Exemplar: Joy Division’ at the Manchester Photographic Gallery

January 6th ~ February 26th 2012

The Manchester Photographic Gallery is proud to announce that Kevin Cummins will be exhibiting a special collection of his iconic photographs of Joy Division. Kevin enjoyed unrivalled access to the band for 3 years ~ from their first gig in May 1977 to front man, Ian Curtis’ untimely death in May 1980. These stunning photographs have become synonymous with the band and their public persona, as the band’s influence has become increasingly important. This exhibition is not to be missed by any Joy Division fan.

The private viewing for Exemplar: Joy Division will be on Thursday 5th January 6-9pm (invite only ~ complimentary drinks will be served). This exhibition will be open to the public the following day, which is the date that Kevin did the – now legendary – photoshoot of Joy Division on Hulme Bridge in the snow, January 1979.

Kevin studied photography for four years in Salford. He then embarked on a career which has spanned a broad spectrum of work across the UK ~ from The National Theatre to Manchester City Football Club. Kevin has contributed to numerous UK publications, including: The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, Esquire, Maxim, Elle, Vogue, Mojo, FourFourTwo and The Big Issue. He spent 10 years as the chief photographer for the New Musical Express and was a founding contributor to The Face, the influential style magazine where he won an award for Magazine Cover of the Year. Kevin’s work can be seen gracing many record sleeves and book jackets and he regularly contributes to various publications worldwide.

Kevin will also be IN CONVERSATION - together with Joy Division Drummer Stephen Morris on Sat 7th January 2pm – 5pm. Tickets for the session are £5 each. Kevin will also be available to  sign copies of his book, ‘Joy Division‘  at Manchester Photographic Gallery. This book can be purchased at the Gallery and it is the definitive collection of Joy Division photographs, together with rare band ephemera.

For further information, and to RSVP for the private view, please email: