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Run #02405b

The Clash - Under The Westway Overpass, Notting Hill, London UK, 1982 - Blotter Variant

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Edition Size: 40
TYPE:Archival Pigment Print on Perforated Blotter Paper
SIZE:7.5 x 5 Inches
RELEASE DATE:   Apr 19 2019
This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Tim Page and 1xRUN.
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"What do you say about The Clash? This was in 1982. Such is my exposure to music. These are my offerings about music.  I got a call out of nowhere to come to their practice studio when they were doing Combat Rock. They were had a manager called Kosmos Vinyl.  I met them at this pub, and we went over to their studio and Joe Strummer just gave me a big shopping bag -- I hadn't heard their music -- a full shopping bag of all their EPs and their LPs, and a biiiiiiiig, big lump of hash. Then they played about 4-5 numbers from Combat Rock and said, 'Can you come on tour with us?" and I said, 'I'd love to.'

I didn't know really know who they were. Then they said, 'we'd also want to buy a bunch of your images to project onstage during the tour.' So I went 'oh fuck. yea.' and then the till was ringing again. I went on tour with them through France. It was sex, drugs and rock and roll. It was pure fucking insanity. It was all a lot of fun. Then I did two or three concerts in the UK.  If you're not quite sure what fucking day it is because you're so fucked up. You're back on the coke just to do another performance, then you've gotten so involved since you're backstage.

I'm looking after bimbos, I plan on taking pictures, but I'm struggling to make sense of my life because of drugs and alcohol. It was a great time, but it was a totally gonzo tour. I had no idea who the Clash were. Then at the time they had just launched this incredible album Combat Rock. So it was a real treat to go on tour and shoot pictures for them, and have my pictures projected. Jesus. What more could you want?" - Tim Page
Tim Page
Brisbane, Australia
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Tim Page left England at 17 to travel across Europe, the Middle East and to India and Nepal. He found himself in Laos at the time of the civil war and ended up working as a stringer for United Press International. From there he moved on to Saigon where he covered the Vietnam War for the next five years working largely on assignment for TIME-LIFE, UPI, PARIS MATCH and ASSOCIATED PRESS. He also found time to cover the Six Day War in the Middle East in 1967. The role of war-photographer suited Page’s craving for danger and excitement. He became an iconic photographer of the Vietnam War and his pictures were the visual inspiration for many films of the period. The photojournalist in ‘Apocalypse Now’, played by Dennis Hopper was based on Page.

The Vietnam War was the first and last war where there was no censorship, the military actively encouraged press involvement and Page went everywhere, covering everything. He was wounded four times, once by ‘friendly fire’ and the last time was when he jumped out of a helicopter to help load the wounded and the person in front of him stepped on a landmine. He was pronounced DOA at the hospital. He required extensive neuro-surgery and spent most of the seventies in recovery.

It was while he was recovering in hospital in spring 1970 that he learnt that his best friend, house mate and fellow photographer Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood actor Errol, had gone missing in Cambodia. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Page’s mission was to discover the fate and final resting place of his friend and to erect a memorial to all those in the media that were either killed or went missing in the war. This led him to found the IndoChina Media Memorial Foundation and was the genesis for the book ‘REQUIEM’. With his friend Horst Faas, photo editor for Associated Press and double Pulitzer Prize winner, they co-edited the book and commemorated the work of all the dead and the missing, from all nations, who were lost in the thirty-year struggle for liberation. REQUIEM the exhibition is now on permanent display at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tim Page is the subject of many documentaries, two films and the author of ten books. He spent 5 months in 2009 as the Photographic Peace Ambassador for the UN in Afghanistan and is the recipient of many awards. He was recently named one of the '100 Most Influential Photographers Of All Time'. His interest and passion now is covering the aftermath of war and bringing the world’s attention to the plight of the innocent victims – the bystanders. He returns regularly to Viet Nam and Cambodia to run photo workshops, do assignments and to photograph the mines - and the maimed that are still being injured 30 years on and the still, devastating effects of Agent Orange. Since arriving in Australia Tim has also covered East Timor and The Solomon Islands. He now lives in Brisbane and is an adjunct professor at Griffith University.
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