I’ve featured his photographs here on Flaming Pablum before — both knowingly and unknowingly — but Manel Armengol’s pictures of New York City in the late 70’s are the real goddamn deal.
Armengol’s sharp eye captured a portrait of a city that -- while technically in decline — literally throbbed with vitality. From street life and hauntingly familiar architecture to political demonstrations to early performances by The Plasmatics at CBGB and Divine at Hurrah, Armengol’s pictures are to be savored. If you’re a fan of vintage shots of New York City from this era — seriously — you NEED to check out the following three albums on his Flickr page….
Armengol’s also traveled the world, so his other albums are well worth perusing as well, but the NYC ones will blow a new part in your hair.
The man very nicely sent me the above photo of the intersection of Thompson and Broome Street (suffice to say, this spot looks remarkably different today), but I also wanted to include the shot below in this post.
Captioned by Armengol as “Punk-Rock Records Shop at St. Mark’s Place”…
I’m fairly certain this is the one and only Howie Pyro, storied New York punk rock scenester and musician whose played with everyone from Joey Ramone and Glen Danzig through Genesis P. Orridge. Howie’s arguably best known as the bass player in D Generation.
Anyway, check out his Armengol’s work at once!