‘Glen E. Friedman: My Rules’ Photography Exhibition


My Rules – A photographic exhibition of energy, attitude and rebellion – in conjunction with the release of My Rules the book, published by Rizzoli International. Friedman’s My Rules serves as a testament of integrity for the three powerhouse countercultures of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop. The energy and rebellion shine through – the accompanying book by Rizzoli features over 300 images; it is Friedman’s 7th published monograph.

Glen E.Friedman has been described as one of the most important photographers of his generation. Think of iconic images of Run DMC, Black Flag, LL Cool J, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, and Beastie Boys, or the gravity defying, revolutionary skateboarding of Tony Alva, Jay Adams, or Stacy Peralta – It is almost certain that Glen E. Friedman was the man behind the camera. Friedman’s photographs are rich in action and intensity and have stood the test of time – many have become the definitive portraits for their subjects. Since the mid-1970s as a young teenager, Friedman has been chronicling quintessential subjects in underground and counterculture movements like no other. Capturing the pivotal and defining moments in music and street movements that were largely unknown or ignored by the mainstream.

“The esoteric political and aesthetic conscience of his generation.” – Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine

This exhibition comprises of over 50 colour + black and white fine art photographic prints – many of which have never been exhibited before. Classic images from Friedman’s last UK exhibition at the ICA in 1997 are also included, now printed larger and better than before. After the premiere in London, the My Rules exhibition will continue to tour worldwide.

“Get it together and be there if you can, show will be up til at least the end of the year, but opening night and weekend should be special, fifty two 20″x 30″ prints and other surprises related to the book. It’ll be cool, and I’ll be there!” – Glen E. Friedman

For the Rizzoli book, Friedman reached out to some of his subjects to get in their own words what it was like to be at the crux of these cultural movements; these exclusive, often revealing words serve as an education and inspiration. My Rules is not only a remarkable chronicle of beautiful images and a primer about the origins of three radical street cultures recognized worldwide; it is also an artistic statement of inspiration for generations to follow.

“The bottom line is that he was there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it’s not funny.” – Henry Rollins

The exhibition will include audio installations from Ice-T, Ian MacKaye, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand and an unreleased audio interview between Jay Adams and Glen E. Friedman.This interview formed the basis of Jay’s essay in the book, and was one of the last extensive interviews he gave before his untimely death in August this year. The cultures of skateboarding, punk rock and hip hop have had such an influence on our lives, many of the Icons in this show have inspired and pushed us on the journeys we have taken over the last 20-30-40 years. The exhibition will also play host to a selection of curated films by Glen E. Friedman & there will be Q&A sessions throughout the opening weekend.

Note – I couldn’t find a way not to use the Press release for this post, as I felt the biography aspects of it important and wouldn’t have been comfortable with any omission. The Private View will take place on the 21st November from 6-8pm and then will be open to the public from 8-10pm. You can get more info from the ATP Festival Facebook page HERE.



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