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“Roberta Bayley: She Just Takes Pictures”, a film by Beth Lasch, highlights Roberta’s punk era photography from 1975 to 1986. It includes candid interviews with Roberta and a peek into her in her longtime St. Marks Place apartment. Included are all Roberta’s iconic photos - behind the scene images, classic live shots, and intimate portraits - plus many others rarely seen. The film was created for Beth Lasch’s television show F#TV which has been airing in New York City for 26 years. The evening will include a showing of the 33 minute film, followed by a Q & A by Roberta and Director Beth Lasch.
Roberta Bayley Bio:
Roberta Bayley was born in Pasadena, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was an avid music fan, and saw the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who, the Byrds and Bob Dylan, among many others. She attended San Francisco State University for three years before moving to London in 1971 where she worked briefly for Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their Kings Road store, Let It Rock.
Arriving in New York in the spring of 1974, Bayley soon began working the door at CBGBs, New York’s legendary punk club. She started photographing the musicians who played there, and soon went to work as chief photographer for Punk magazine, which gave the movement its name. She is one of the main photographers to visually chronicle the early punk rock scene, from 1975 through the 80s.
Among the artists Bayley has photographed are Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Debbie Harry and Blondie, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, Ian Dury, Brian Eno, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Clash, The Dead Boys, X-Ray Spex, Squeeze and a reunited New York Dolls.
Bayley's photographs are featured in countless books and magazines on punk. She co-wrote “Patti Smith: AnUnauthorizeBiography” (Simon & Shuster1996) and published her own book on Blondie entitled “Blondie Unseen” (Plexus) in 2006. She appeared on screen as a hooker in the gritty independent feature film “Downtown 81” which starred Jean Michel Basquiat and chronicled New York’s downtown art scene of the 80s..
Bayley’s photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Paris, Austin, Portland, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City and Pittsburgh. Even Connecticut.
Bayley currently lives in New York City.
Beth Lasch Bio:
Beth completed her education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City specializing in video production. With significant experience behind her, Beth became part of the team at television networks such as CNN, NBC, and ESPN. Beth was an instrumental force in the formation of “Focus on New York,” a weekly television series where she acts as producer and technical director. Beth also produced “The 50-50 Comedy Network,” “Pure Rock TV,” and “MSN Musician Network.” As an Adjunct, Beth taught Producing for Cable TV for NYU’s School of Film, Television, and Broadcasting.
Beth took the footage she shot socially and decided to make it useful through the access of Public Television. While the music related TV shows at the time played mostly music videos made by record companies, Beth made her show informative by interviewing people who made significant contributions to the music scene but were not being featured on main stream TV. The goal was to make artists better business people by learning through the people who actually made the scene happen. She created and still produces of F# Sharp TV, an informational talk show about the music business. F# Sharp TV has received numerous national awards as the “Best Informational Talk show,” that has yielded several rock legend interviews. She is also marketing and distributing this show overseas as well as broadcasting it on the web. Beth’s footage became historical over time capturing an era.
Throughout her career, Beth excelled at gaining expertise in the technical aspects of media. The original Lasch Media studio included an interformat edit suite, which Beth designed, engineered and installed, and has evolved to programming content for the Internet, International Television distribution, Video on Demand and mobile devices. Beth is further designing a platform featuring historical music and counterculture, recorded from the Underground, called Downtown Archives. Downtown Archives includes other videographers footage who have captured historical moments, like the Oral Histories documented by the late great Giorgio Gomelsky and Wayne Sawyer (aka: Joey Zero) among others. Downtown Archives is a repository of vetted video honoring great footage that main stream corporations never got and don’t even know exist. True, authentic, documented culture spanning 1960’s- today.
When asked what the motto for her business was Beth Lasch, said, “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
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