29 Oct 2007
In Search of Ian Curtis 
Fotoreportage23 - In Search of Ian Curtis is a new book out on 7 December 2007 by Katka Ruge. A photographic mapping of the places in the story of Joy Division and their singer Ian Curtis and the space he left behind. With contributions from people who knew him, worked with him, or were just inspired by him and the music the band created. Pictures by Katja Ruge and words from, amongst others: Peter Saville, Mark E. Smith, Jarvis Cocker, Phoenix, The Rapture, Karl Bartos, Genesis P. Orridge, Annik Honore, Lindsay Reade, Maximo Park, Terry Mason, Bloc Party, Jose Gonzalez, Nouvelle Vague, Mogwai, Johnny Marr, She Wants Revenge, Anja Huwe (Xmal Deutschland), Karl Hyde / Underworld and the late Tony Wilson.

The book is dedicated to Anthony H. Wilson and Katja, who was once photographic assisntant to Peter Walsh, will be exhibiting the photos at A Factory Night (Once Again) in Brussells, Belgium on 15 December 2007.


Fotoreportage23 - In Search of Ian Curtis
Language: English
144 pages
76 photos and text
Published by www.monitorpop.de
Publication date: 7 December 2007
Cover photo © Mark Reeder

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