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Kelliher Photos Published in New Book

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Imaging Technician Theresa Kelliher's photos of hardcore punk bands from the late 1980s are featured in a new book about hardcore music's graphic representation.


November 6, 2008 - In the late 1980s, imaging technician Theresa Kelliher was a student getting a media degree at Fordham in New York City. By day, she attended classes like any other student. By night, though, she prowled the stages of New York's underground clubs, photographing hard-core punk bands.

Six of her photographs were recently included in a new book, "Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music" published last month by MTV Press. The book focuses on the graphic representations of hardcore music through the study of photographs and album covers.

"I was in New York, getting my degree, and one of the concentrations was photography," Kelliher said, of her stint photographing bands. "I had a bunch of friends who were musicians, and they knew I was a photographer, so I got a good spot onstage, and they got pictures of their band in exchange."

Her involvement with the book, however, was largely a stroke of luck. The book's authors stumbled onto a group of photos Kelliher had posted on the photo-sharing Web site Flickr.com. Before long, she said, they travelled from New York to Boston to pore over her collection of photos and negatives.

"Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music" is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.com