PYMCA Introduces Graham Smith – ‘We Can Be Heroes – Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion’
With it’s imposing presence, PYMCA introduces the fantastic, highly significant work of Graham Smith. Harking back to the early 1980s, Graham’s work represents a time fuelled by the ferocious angst of the recent punk years. Embodying a transition into the New Romantic era, Graham documented the emergence of a colourful and expressive movement in youth culture.
Star spangled with recognisable faces, Graham documents the early days of fame for the scene’s key performers including Spandau Ballet, Boy George and Sade, whilst vigorously creating album artwork and flyers for many London clubs.
Graham celebrated his 50th birthday by mustering years of prestigious work into the book We Can Be Heroes – Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion. London Clubland, 1976-84. Published by Unbound via crowd funding. Based around 500 photographs, he rounded up its leading protagonists – with an introduction by Robert Elms, contributions from Boy George, Gary Kemp and Steve Strange alongside Chris Sullivan’s hilarious main texts.
Graham interviewed over 50 of the leading faces; generating over 500 quotes, playlists from all the 80s club DJs, carefully combined with original graphics – compiling a viscous cauldron of memorabilia galore. His book creates a definitive tale of this fascinating and influential period, cementing it into our rich social history of youth culture.
Graham is now a freelance magazine art director and married with two grown-up children living in Bushey, Hertfordshire. He still likes a dance.