Jon Savage

Uninhabited London

1977–2008

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Jon Savage born 1953
Medium
35 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 254 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2009
Reference
P79851

Online caption

In 1977 Savage photographed streets around North Kensington in west London, which, like much of the inner city, had remained derelict since the area was bombed in the Second World War. These served as a visual backdrop for collages in the punk fanzine London’s Outrage which he edited. He said punk music ‘seemed to point towards this idea of empty urban space’. The novels of JG Ballard also inspired him: ‘It was this empty, deserted, depressing, kind of dystopian view of London that seemed to be coming up to the surface.’ Savage was a key figure in the punk scene and is an important authority on the movement.

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