Sue Rynski is a cult photographer with roots in the punk rock era.

She grew up immersed in the high-energy music and underground rock scene of her hometown, Detroit. This loud, physical, emotional music took hold and became a part of her. From 1977, fine arts diploma in hand, she began hanging out and doing her own art in the company of her friends Destroy All Monsters.

During this period she honed her personal vision: provocative, shocking, beautiful, erotic and joyful.

The essence of rock and roll continues to be her inspiration: “Taking photographs is very physical for me. I thrive on feeling the music, the passion, the movement and in being in motion myself, and also the experience of joy and freedom that rock inspires in all of us.”

Sue goes to “get” her fine art photos in intimate, edgy rock scenes. Her limited edition works are exhibited internationally, notably at the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in 2010, as well as in Tokyo, and as part of the travelling exhibition “Destroy All Monsters: Hungry For Death” and more.

She also accepts commissioned work.
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From 1978-1983 Bookie’s Club 870, a former art deco supper club in decline became the epicenter for our very own creative community of pre- and punk rock bands, artists and enthusiasts in Detroit. Formerly know as Frank Gagen’s (see the façade photo), it became known as Bookie’s when taken over by a bookmaker nicknamed “Bookie.” The club soon became a venue for local underground concerts every night of the week…

Bookie’s Club 870 façade, Detroit, circa 1980. Signed numbered edition of 15 + 2 artist's proofs

“End of the Night, Bookie’s Club 870” is probably the most emblematic of my photographs. It says much about how we enjoyed the time and the place. Beer bottles broken and cigarette butts on the floor under the bar – not from violence but from sheer ecstatic fun and release… The photo is a double exposure (directly on the film) of a girl with an angelic face… Trashy and beautiful, dirty and innocent.


End of the Night, Bookie’s Club 870, 1978. Signed numbered edition of 15 + 2 artist’s proofs

Reminds me of a song from that time by Detroit’s legendary Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, “Detroit Tango.” “Oh my lady on the floor, I’m watching you dance…” That’s Fred Sonic Smith singing about his girlfriend and future wife, Patti Smith…

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