In service to the magic of the devious, a visual ode to the punks of San Francisco

A woman getting ready in 1979. (Photos by Jim Jocoy/Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books)

Jim Jocoy became a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976, at the threshold of the San Francisco punk scene. It took only one year for him to become entranced by the scene, which included bands like the hardcore punk Dead Kennedys. Jocoy dropped out of school to spend his nights taking photographs that documented a completely different subculture in the city, the Summer of Love just a decade behind it.

From 1977 to 1980, he took his camera into every situation that he found himself in, from the punk shows to bathrooms and strip clubs. The second published book of his work, “Order of Appearance,” sheds light on the offstage moments. Young punks, sober to drunk and back to sober again, embracing the culture in the dark of night.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth said of Jocoy’s work, “The eye of Jim Jocoy finds beauty in the wild. His photography is always in service to the magic of the devious iconoclast, exhibiting dignity to the outriders.”

Photographs from this body of work are on display at the Casemore Kirkeby Gallery in San Francisco.

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