Nardwuar vs Don Pyle

Nardwaur the Human Serviette talks with me about my photos and Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow.

Listen here.

Randy Rampage, D.O.A., The Edge, Toronto, 1978

Randy Rampage D.O.A

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OUT-OF-FOCUS TALKING SLIDESHOW and photo exhibit in Calgary – Thurs Oct 9

DON PYLE
TORONTO PUNK + OTHER TROUBLE

The Library of The Nite Owl
213 10th Ave SW
Calgary

Don Pyle’s Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow Thurs Oct 9 7:00 pm

Special added attraction! The Von Zippers and Fist City Fri Oct 10 10:00 pm
with guest DJ Floorclearer Don Pyle

I’ll to be glad to see so many Calgary friends when I come to The Library at The Nite Owl to do my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow. Photographs, primarily from 1976 to 1980 with a smattering of contemporary images, will be on display. The talk will happen at 8:00 pm on Thurs Oct 9. The following night, Fri Oct 10, features an excellent double-dipping with The Von Zippers and Fist City appearing live, and DJ Floorclearer Don Pyle playing records. The Nite Owl is on that side of the tracks at 213 10th Ave. S.W.

Calgary has been a significant place for me, being the home and city where I met future co-Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet bandmates and where we played our first show in 18 years a couple years back.

In my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow, I give a guided tour through photographs from my book Trouble In The Camera Club and more, looking at details in the background, things going on outside the frame and blurry asides.

Photographs, books and postcards will be on sale.
Trouble In The Camera Club is published by ECW Press and features 300 photographs, over 200 period graphics, essays by DP and introduction by Viletones vocalist Steven Leckie. Full colour, 8 x 10.

Don Pyle at Nite Owl in Calgary

In 1977, I bought my first 35mm camera, just in time for the golden-moment birth and ensuing melee of what is commonly referred to as punk, in Toronto, capturing the earliest gigs of local bands, primarily from 1977-79, including the Viletones, The Diodes, The Dishes, The Curse, Teenage Head and visiting ambassadors Iggy Pop, Ramones, The Clash, D.O.A. and more.

The camera gave a shy 15-year old — wary of getting busted and thrown out — a reason to be in the front lines. Luckily, the Crash’n’Burn, Hotel Isabella, the Horseshoe, David’s back-alley gay disco and other dives turned a blind eye to the underage. Hidden behind my camera, observing yet unseen, I witnessed the birth of the revolution.

I joined my high school’s camera club to learn how to print, develop and to get free chemicals. At the time I could only afford to make contact sheets and a very limited number of prints. Thirty years later, I scanned my negatives and saw what I had for the first time. Images were restored as much as possible, revealing the hidden beauty behind the poor exposures and the scratched, dusty and watermarked negatives. Many of these photographs were shown publicly for the first time at The Beaver, in Toronto, in Spring 2007.

This eventually resulted in the publication of my first book, Trouble In The Camera Club, published by ECW Press.

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OUT-OF-FOCUS TALKING SLIDESHOW and Photo Exhibit in Vancouver – Tues Sept 16

The Fox Cabaret
2321 Main St.
Vancouver, BC
http://www.foxcabaret.com

Don Pyle’s Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow Tues Sept 16 7:00 pm

I’m thrilled to be welcomed by the The Fox Cabaret to do my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow in Vancouver. Photographs, primarily from 1976 to 1980 with a smattering of contemporary images, will be on display. The talk will happen at 7:00 pm on Tues Sept 16.

In my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow, I give a guided tour through photographs from my book Trouble In The Camera Club and more, looking at details in the background, things going on outside the frame and blurry asides.

Photographs, books and postcards will be on sale.
Trouble In The Camera Club is published by ECW Press and features 300 photographs, over 200 period graphics, essays by DP and introduction by Viletones vocalist Steven Leckie. Full colour, 8 x 10.
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Trouble In The Camera Club at The Fox

In 1977, I bought my first 35mm camera, just in time for the golden-moment birth and ensuing melee of what is commonly referred to as punk, in Toronto, capturing the earliest gigs of local bands, primarily from 1977-79, including the Viletones, The Diodes, The Dishes, The Curse, Teenage Head and visiting ambassadors Iggy Pop, Ramones, The Clash, D.O.A. and more.

The camera gave a shy 15-year old — wary of getting busted and thrown out — a reason to be in the front lines. Luckily, the Crash’n’Burn, Hotel Isabella, the Horseshoe, David’s back-alley gay disco and other dives turned a blind eye to the underage. Hidden behind my camera, observing yet unseen, I witnessed the birth of the revolution.

I joined my high school’s camera club to learn how to print, develop and to get free chemicals. At the time I could only afford to make contact sheets and a very limited number of prints. Thirty years later, I scanned my negatives and saw what I had for the first time. Images were restored as much as possible, revealing the hidden beauty behind the poor exposures and the scratched, dusty and watermarked negatives. Many of these photographs were shown publicly for the first time at The Beaver, in Toronto, in Spring 2007.

This eventually resulted in the publication of my first book, Trouble In The Camera Club, published by ECW Press.

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Photo exhibit and talk in Portland – Tues Sept 30 to Sun Oct 5

DON PYLE
TORONTO PUNK + OTHER TROUBLE

Portland Museum of Modern Art
5202 N Albina Ave
www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com

Photographs on display Tues Sept 30 to Sun Oct 5
Don Pyle’s Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow Fri Oct 3 8:00 pm
Opening party Fri Oct 3 6:00 to 8:00 pm featuring special guest DJs Candy and Justin from Dark/Light.

I’m thrilled to be welcomed by the Portland Museum of Modern Art, and Mississippi Records, showing photographs and doing my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow in Portland. Approximately 50 photographs, primarily from 1976 to 1980 with a smattering of contemporary images, will be on display and sale at Portland Museum of Modern Art from Tues Sept 30 to Sunday Oct 5. The talk will happen at 8:00pm on Friday Oct 3.

In my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow, I give a guided tour through photographs from my book Trouble In The Camera Club and more, looking at details in the background, things going on outside the frame and blurry asides.

Free.
Photographs, books and postcards will be on sale.

Trouble In The Camera Club is published by ECW Press and features 300 photographs, over 200 period graphics, essays by DP and introduction by Viletones vocalist Steven Leckie. Full colour, 8 x 10.
Info at Trouble In The Camera Club book website:

See a trailer for the book here:

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In 1977, I bought my first 35mm camera, just in time for the golden-moment birth and ensuing melee of what is commonly referred to as punk, in Toronto, capturing the earliest gigs of local bands, primarily from 1977-79, including the Viletones, The Diodes, The Dishes, The Curse, Teenage Head and visiting ambassadors Iggy Pop, Ramones, The Clash and more.

The camera gave a shy 15-year old — wary of getting busted and thrown out — a reason to be in the front lines. Luckily, the Crash’n’Burn, Hotel Isabella, the Horseshoe, David’s back-alley gay disco and other dives turned a blind eye to the underage. Hidden behind my camera, observing yet unseen, I witnessed the birth of the revolution.

I joined my high school’s camera club to learn how to print, develop and to get free chemicals. At the time I could only afford to make contact sheets and a very limited number of prints. Thirty years later, I scanned my negatives and saw what I had for the first time. Images were restored as much as possible, revealing the hidden beauty behind the poor exposures and the scratched, dusty and watermarked negatives. Many of these photographs were shown publicly for the first time at The Beaver, in Toronto, in Spring 2007.

This eventually resulted in the publication of my first book, Trouble In The Camera Club, published by ECW Press.

Toronto Punk at PMOMA

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Photo exhibit and talk in Seattle – Wed Sept 24 to Sun Sept 28

I’m thrilled to be showing photographs and doing my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow in Seattle. Approximately 50 photographs, primarily from 1976 to 1980 with a smattering of contemporary images, will be on display and sale at Machine House Brewery in Georgetown from Wednesday Sept 24 to Sunday Sept 28. The talk will happen at 7:30 on Friday Sept 26.

In my Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow, I give a guided tour through photographs from my book Trouble In The Camera Club and more, looking at details in the background, things going on outside the frame and blurry asides.

“Photographed by musician and producer Don Pyle (Black Heel Marks/Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) from age 14 in the summer of 1976, Trouble In The Camera Club’s photographs present a unique and rare perspective on the sorely under-documented Toronto scene. Canada’s premiere bands of the new breed – The Ugly, The Curse, Teenage Head, Viletones, Diodes, D.O.A. are shown at their earliest gigs, alongside candid moments of street scenes, friends and foreign dignitaries – including the first local performances of Ramones, Dead Boys, Iggy Pop solo, Blondie, The Clash and more.”

Free. Photographs, books and postcards will be on sale.

Trouble In The Camera Club is published by ECW Press and features 300 photographs, over 200 period graphics, essays by DP and introduction by Viletones vocalist Steven Leckie. Full colour, 8 x 10.

After the Friday talk, the great and legendary Girl Trouble will play at Slim’s! Do come.

Don Pyle photos in Seattle

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