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“There was a time when Punk Rock was dangerous, man – in a cerebral way. And Jenny Lens was there to record it all.”
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John Denney
Weirdos lead singer and songwriter
“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 Carlisle / Go-Go’s
Singer and Personality
“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
“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, Latinx + Feminist icon
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
Blondie
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
“Jenny, you are the only photographer who takes photos while high on acid which are better than more well known photographers.”
Exene
Lead Singer and Co-Songwriter / X

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