Gallery Openings and Events

Leica Gallery DC Presents Suspect Device

Photo courtesy of Chris Suspect and Leica Gallery DC.

Photo courtesy of Chris Suspect and Leica Gallery DC.

.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 7pm to 9pm

.

Leica Gallery DC presents Suspect Device, 20 select prints from Washington, DC, photographer Chris Suspect’s book of the same name published by Empty Stretch. The high-contrast black and white images from Washington, DC’s current day punk scene telegraph the hard-to-capture impact and volatile energy that has kept it going for more than 35 years. The exhibit will run from March 6 through Spring 2015.

“The goal of presenting these images is to recreate the same feelings, energy and chaos I felt as an awkward fourteen-year-old at my first shows in the 1980s,” says Suspect. “This is not just about the bands, it’s also about the kind of people who are attracted to this underground lifestyle and serves as a testament to the longevity of DC’s hardcore music community.”

Thirty years ago, Chris Suspect went to his first punk show to see Naked Raygun, TSOL, Government Issue, MIA and the Cereal Killers at WUST Hall (now the new 9:30 Club location on 9th and V Sts.). Back then, he didn’t have a camera to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at the shows, but remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events.

Eric Oberg, Leica Store DC General Manager, observes, “the recent releases of various video documentaries and books about the early years of DC punk have been great from a nostalgic perspective, but what is really exciting about Suspect’s work is that he proves the scene is just as vibrant today as it was in the 1980’s .”

Many of the photographs in this show were featured in the Leica Galerie exhibit at Photokina in Koln, Germany, this past year alongside work by photographic masters René Burre, Thomas Hoepker and Jim Marshall. Suspect also won Photo District News’, The Scene, an event and nightlife photography competition, with six of the images.

In May 2015, Suspect has been invited to exhibit this work at Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival in Tblisi, Georgia.

EXHIBITION/ CATALOG – RSVP for the opening and reserve your copy of the catalog, e-mail exhibition@leica-store- dc.com.The catalog, Suspect Device is a 68-page, 81⁄2 x 11 book containing more than 50 photographs with a foreword by Alec MacKaye. Published by Empty Stretch and limited to 250 copies, the catalog will be available at the Leica Store DC at the opening reception on Friday, March 6, and for the duration of the exhibit.

ABOUT THE ARTIST– Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. In the 1990s he helped found Torque Records and played in various DC-area bands including The Suspects, Lickity Split, Spitfires United and VPR. In 2007 he took up photography and has had his work exhibited and published in Germany, England, Brazil, the Czech Republic and the United States. Photographs from Suspect Device are held in the Leica Galerie Archives. He is a member of DC-based STRATA, a street photography collective that document the quotidian of life in the city’s environs. He works professionally as a designer in new media, specializing in video and audio production.

Leica Store Gallery DC is located at 977 F St. NW. For more information visit leicastoredc.com.

.

.

.

.