• Rolling Stones, Mick, Ronnie, Keith, Houston, TX, July 19, 1978, Jenny Lens MFA
    Rolling Stones, Mick, Ronnie, Keith, Houston, TX, July 19, 1978, Jenny Lens MFA

The Jenny Lens Punk Archive Needs YOU!  YOU can be THE Hero or Heroine.  I merely wanted to find a NEW HOME for my Classic Punk (and regular rock) Photo and Memorabilia Archive. My archive is broken at a time the world is more interested in it than ever. Someone is holding thousands of my original slides and negs hostage, for years! My attorneys, friends and fans say fight. That takes time and money. After three years dealing with her, I cannot do continue alone. I’m gratified and inspired several Facebook pals and photo customers sending generous donations.  Thank you!

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Book Editor Carrie Thornton, re “We Got the Neutron Bomb,” over 14 years ago: “We [Three Rivers Press, part of Crown/Random House] considered Jenny Lens photos the visual backbone of the book.”

Typical response from so many. MY photos are FAMOUS and UNIQUE. Captured the genesis of a cultural revolution from a West Coast female artist’s POV. Since 1976, enchanting men and women, of all ages, the world over.

Classic tale of the impoverished  (yet infamous) Indie DIY Artist vs the Business person. For decades, I gave away so many of my photos, so others could use in books, docs, magazines, online. How else do you become the MOST published first gen, early West Coast Punk Photographer, 1976-80 without being generous to others? Most didn’t make money during that first era, especially on the West Coast.

Now I’m suffering for my kindness, despite working so hard and long. FOR YOU.

Be the Robin Hood to this Damsel and her Archive in Distress. I need a magical spellwhich ONLY you can provideto recover my files. YOUR contributions will give this sad tale a happy ending.

"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 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
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, you are the only photographer who takes photos while high on acid which are better than more well known photographers.” ~ Exene
"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 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

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She is demanding money my attorneys say is unreasonable. She refuses to acknowledge HUGE financial loss/debt and nightmare stress I’ve experienced. What was supposed to be a quick and easy sale to major archive(s) has made my life constantly centered on making my archive whole, accessible, and safely in a new home. You should see the nasty emails she sent me (I never spoke to her as she to me). Plus  the distorted, horrible, scary scans she created.

What would you do? For years, I could not scan what I didn’t have in my possession. I repeatedly wrote her, to no avail. Imagine getting NO RESPONSE to numerous requests, begging, pleading, explaining you have ops. Being ignored. HOW would you FEEL? Imagine your attorneys being ignored. Calls and emails not returned? What would you do? Be patient and PROTECT her? I’ve never shared her name nor hints about her. Not her biz, not her location, nothing. Would you be so kind and patient? 

NOW major organizations interested in either acquiring or finding a reputable new home. Imagine people coming to you for prints, licensing for books, documentaries, events, and more to share beloved and rare images, (or whatever YOU offer) and having to say No.

After working on this for 39 years, having to say NO. NO to museum and gallery exhibits. Can you imagine? All those people NOT being able to see large prints, up close and personal. How would you feel, going further into debt? Seeing your life’s work going down the drain?

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YOU can put Humpty Dumpty back together. Like Little Red Riding Hood, I trusted someone I should not. Instead of gathering flowers for my sick granny in the woods, I wanted to continue to bring inspirationsolace and my classic, beloved, rare, unique, beautifully historic punk and rock photos to many. As I have done for many decades. Beyond my death. For all those who come after me.

I merely wanted to find a NEW HOME for my Classic Punk (and regular rock) Photo and Memorabilia Archive Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and various other slides and negs (estimated 4,000) are being held hostage. I cannot comment further.

I engaged a top arts recovery attorney, Sir Lancelot, who is eager to put all this in motion. We need funds. Legal battles are not cheap nor fast, my friends.

Imagine keeping this turmoil inside of you, for years. How would that make YOU feel? Sick? Angry? Would you fight tooth and nail to save something of great musical, artistic, historical and cultural value to many thousands of people all over the world? How would you feel if you trusted the wrong person, begged, pleaded, negotiated and your emails and calls IGNORED? For years.

How would you feel, seeing your whole life go down the drain while you fought, with no money, to get back what is yours? So others can enjoy the fruits of your labor? What I did for love. For the people I photographed and for YOU!

Two wonderful pro bono (free) attorneys worked very long and hard for return of my archives. Now bringing in the BIG guns. Robin Hood (and his band of merry men and women), experienced litigators protecting smaller, vital artists, fighting for their art, their rights vs companies. They jumped on my case right away. Takes money: filing fees, preparing lawsuit, dealing with court and overhead costs. 

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What would you do? Give up or Fight?

The Jenny Lens Punk Archive Needs YOU! I thank you more than words can ever express. I am truly gratified and humbled.

Bless you all for BEing the Wonderful Person YOU ARE!!

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.


People loudly applauded at LA Library, January 10, 2015. 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!! 2:01:44.

Photographers do not get royalties. I often am not paid at all. Or when I do, it’s minimal. I’m getting older, going further into debt trying to preserve and share my beloved photos. I live with major, ongoing expenses compiling, curating, and taking care of slides and negatives.

Images and stories don’t magically get into the computer, online or print. Plus the cost of hardware, software and many years learning all that (not making money while doing all this). As you know, tech changes.

I spend as much time dealing with tech as my photos. Would you? I don’t have time for much more, other than some Facebook posts.

Before I lose my mind or die (my health precarious) or my archive lost due to all this, I want my photos available to others, if I can. At least preserved, which I can no longer do alone. 

Donate money, Buy Photos and/or spread the word. Thank you!

I’m still building this page and designing limited edition tshirts as rewards for contributors.

Thank you! Even $5 is appreciated and useful to Fight the Good Fight, quoting Patti Smith. Patti called meThe Girl with the Camera Eye.” She was onstage at LA’s Roxy, November 15, 1976, pointing to me.

Remember, People Have the Power!

LEGAL questions about about Photos on Rewards: attorneys, managers, performers and others, read Legal Disclaimer first. Thank you. My best to ALL!

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