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.
FEMMES DE SCÈNE, Women who Rock!
March is women’s month! On International Women’s Day, March 8th, many media, events and colloquiums will be exploring the state of affairs of women’s freedom, security and socio-economic status. There are serious issues in different parts of the globe that go from infanticide, mutilation and freedom of speech to equal pay and getting more women on corporate boards and in politics.
This month the Mediatheque of Saint Denis near Paris commissioned an exhibition from me in conjunction with their program on female-male equality. Rather than opposing the sexes, I chose to celebrate the diversity of expression among women musicians. Women are well established in rock music. They don’t need to prove themselves. They are free to communicate through their artistic visions, their choice of instruments, their personal styles and their stage presence. They dress sexy, casual, classy or grungy. There’s the unchained power of Juliette Lewis flexing her muscles and the romantic femininity of France de Griessen in her frilly tutu. Patti Smith calls us to action with authority while Marianne Faithfull smiles benevolently. They can go to heights of ecstasy under the projectors or perform with diligent mastery in the shadows…
Above all they are animated by passion for their music, a passion that all musicians share whether male or female. That’s something to celebrate together!