Photos by Clarissa Villondo
I was first introduced to Chris Suspect’s work in Govinda Gallery’s 4″ x 6″ East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2013 and then again in Govinda Gallery’s East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 at Hill & Dale. 2014 seemed to be a big year for Suspect’s DC punk photos. He released the first edition of his photo book, Suspect Device, which sold out during presale. Then, Suspect had a photo exhibition in Germany with Leica and won Photo District News’ The Scene.
This year doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down for Suspect. The second edition of the photo book is being released. Twenty select prints are also now on display in the Leica Store in D.C. The limited edition catalog for this exhibition includes 68 pages of more than 50 photographs with Alec MacKaye writing the foreword. The exhibit will run from March through Spring 2015.
“Nothing is observed from a safe distance in here. It’s all up front, close, loud and ultimately real. In these images, you can see clearly the ambient energy that has kept punk going. It is the same energy that first grabbed me in the late 1970s.” – Alec MacKaye, foreword in Suspect Device