Virginia Turbett | British Subulture, 1970s
Virginia Turbett is a music and social photographer best known for her photographs of bands, fans and street culture between 1977 and 1987.

In 1977 Virginia was asked by a good friend to photograph the Pistols recording Pretty Vacant for Slash Magazine. “I had to go to a camera shop on Tottenham Court Rd to get them to change the film for me”. A year, and many punk gigs later, a chance meeting with a Sounds journalist on the Right To Work March led to a collaboration which lasted a few years – photographing Punk, Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, Mods, New Romantics, skinheads, Two-Tone, Ska, Reggae and the and fans, style and fashion of the time.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.
Mods and skins in Southend, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Mod Revival Night in West Hampstead, 1979.
Mod Revival Night in West Hampstead, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Punks March against the National Front West Bromwich 1979
Punks March against the National Front West Bromwich, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Rock Against Racism 'Militant Entertainment Tour' Alexandra Palace, 1979.
Rock Against Racism 'Militant Entertainment Tour' Alexandra Palace, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Madness in Edinburgh, 1979.
Madness in Edinburgh, 1979.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
Sid Vicious Memorial March 1980
Sid Vicious Memorial March, 1980.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.
New Romantic Stephen Linard Opening night of The Wall Club, 1981.
New Romantic Stephen Linard Opening night of The Wall Club, 1981.

Photo © Virginia Turbett.

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