Welcome to Punk Pioneers Photo and Story Archive

by Jenny Lens, MFA

Most Published Early, First Gen West Coast Punk Photographer, 1976-80 

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Quick 5 minute with a few famous LA photos.
Plus Awesome 2 hr trip thru history.

FUN narrated slide shows. Stories told NOWHERE else.
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Debbie Harry told me she was so proud of me when my photos appeared in New York Rocker. Whisky backstage, April 14, 1977.
Debbie Harry
"Jenny Lens knows the stories behind her photos. She's the genius behind so many classic photos. Jenny's a great photojournalistic historian of the period. Her photos made me the punk legend I am!" ~ Hellin Killer aka Helena Alicia Roessler
Hellin Killer
"I considered Jenny Lens as important as any band. We never thanked her back then. Thank you, Jenny" ~ John Denney, Weirdos lead singer and songwriter.
John Denney
“Jenny, you are the only photographer who takes photos while high on acid which are better than more well known photographers.” ~ Exene
"Jenny Lens is the legendary punk photographer who shot some of the most iconic images of Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Screamers and so many others. She is one of the unsung heroines of the movement. Enjoy!" ~Alice Bag, legendary punk singer and Latina icon. Read Jenny's interview in About section.
Alice Bag
"I wish you luck on everything you do and on that website. You were one of the major players from those years. Would be a tragedy if your photos weren't given the platform they deserve. I will hold only good thoughts and wishes for that." ~ Belinda
Belinda Carlisle / Go-Go's
Patti Smith called me "The Girl with the Camera Eye." Shouted from LA's Roxy stage, pointing to me, Nov 15, 1976. Patti told me "She still dares other photographers to take better photos than I." The Roxy, August 2002.
Patti Smith

My photos have been seen all over the world in major projects like Joan Jett's Rock Hall of Fame induction, New York's Metropolitan Museum Punk Couture catalog, Experience Music Project, Grammy Museum, and more. Plus collected by top rock performers and people like YOUBooks, magazines, fanzines, documentaries, CD and DVD packages, record covers and more. Plus clothing and other products. Some licensed, some bootlegged by others.

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Talking about my photos at Shepard Fairey's Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, Subliminal Projects. I was ONLY woman and earliest punk photographer in the exhibit. 2/25-3/26/2010. 2:46.

See tons of pix and hear untold stories about the birth of LA punk, interacting with New York and British bands, parties and good times. Lots here, so sit back and enjoy!! LA Library, January 10, 2015. 2:01:44.

I Only Do this FOR YOUR PLEASURE. You want it, You got it.
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Yummy Photos

Photo Collage #1
Photo Collage #1 Coolest Photos
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Punk Fashion Collage #1
Punk Fashion Collage #1 LA Punks Were Stylin'!
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Punk Fashion Collage #2
Punk Fashion Collage #2 Hot Times in Hot Town
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Clash, England, June 1980
Clash, England, June 1980 Last Gang in Town
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Clash, Joe Strummer, June 1980
Clash, Joe Strummer, June 1980 Exciting. Memorable.
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Clash, Joe Strummer, 3-3-80
Clash, Joe Strummer, 3-3-80 Clash Santa Monica. OMG.
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Germs Darby Crash 1977-80
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Screamers Collage
Screamers Collage My Fave LA Band
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Screamers Before Debut
Screamers Before Debut Stockin' Up before Show Time
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Screamers LIVE!
Screamers LIVE! Famous Photo
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X Collage
X Collage We're Desperate
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Wattles Bday Party
Wattles Bday Party Tomata's Bday 5-28-78
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My only offer. NO exhibits, NO photo books, NO merch. Don't even go there. YOU don't do what I do. Few have ANY idea COST, time and energy and minimal ROI (Return on Investment). No idea what I deal with. FOUR decades. Enough is enough, already.

No Facebook, no other sites, no books, no exhibits.

Great on all media. Except phones reading Book Sample might have issues. It's a freakin' digital book. Designed like a REAL book or magazine. Needs space, the final frontier.

Geez, you all want so much from me. YOU do what I do and you'll agree: this is AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

Be Aladdin Exploring a Treasure Filled Cave. Read the Teal Blue Links and Menu Links. Claim Your Destiny Now! Have fun. Open your wallets. Lip service won't put these and more images into YOURLIFE. I Only Do this FOR YOUR PLEASURE. You want it, You got it. IF...

THIS IS YOUR ONLY OFFER. Go for it or not. It's fine with me! :-) THANK YOU.

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READ THIS: PayPal: ONLY way I can collect money either FUNd Raiser or Donations. Or some photo purchases.  I tax my Prints, but NOT Donations or Memberships. BUT PayPal taxes everything or nothing. I will REFUND Donation or Membership tax if you want. Pls drop me a note, and it's done. I need your help to stay on top of this. Thanks. I called PayPal and no way around this. Sorry!

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