Remembering Ian Curtis and Joy Division

In 1979, Kevin Cummins took a series of monochrome photographs of post-punk pioneers Joy Division. Entitled Arca, Hiscox acquired the portfolio in April for its art collection. With 18 May marking the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, Arca captures the intensity and intimacy of the band’s unique sound

When Kevin Cummins took some photographs of a virtually unknown Manchester band, he assumed the resulting images would be printed in the following week’s NME and never seen again. However, with Joy Division going on to exert a wide-reaching influence that was to inspire the likes of Radiohead and The Cure, Cummins believes that the images have become ‘more and more important in defining not only the band, but an era too’. Above: Arca 9, ©Kevin Cummins_Idols, Paul Stolper Gallery

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