Roberta Bayley was born in Pasadena, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University for three years before dropping out in 1971 and heading to London.
Roberta worked as a door person at CBGB’s, New York’s legendary Lower East Side punk club, and subsequently befriended leading musicians on the punk scene. She is known as one of the principal photographers to visually chronicle the punk rock music movement from the mid 70s through the early 80s. Roberta was also the chief photographer for Punk magazine.
Among the punk music artists she has photographed are Iggy Pop, Blondie, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Clash, The Dead Boys, Ian Dury, X-Ray Spex, Rockpile and The New York Dolls.
Monographs of Roberta's photographs are featured in multiple books, while she herself co-wrote the book Patti Smith: An Unauthorized Biography. She appeared on screen as a street girl in the gritty independent feature New York Beat Movie starring Jean Michel Basquiat.
Roberta’s photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Austin, Paris, Portland, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Berlín, Buenos Aires and Pittsburgh.
She lives and works in New York City.
Roberta Bayley in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2018
Centro Cultural Borges CCB
Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2018
Buenos Aires, September - 2018
Debbie Harry with Roberta Bayley at Hurrah - Nightclub. New York, 1980
Photo: Bobby Grossman
The Book contains 24 black and white photographs by New York photographer Roberta Bayley, with each print initialed by Bayley and mounted on brown boards. Accompanying each photograph is a facsimile of Bayley’s handwriting describing the origin of each image.
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This is the original artist draft for the Punk Book which includes the 24 photographs | RC Prints | Each Photograph is Signed by Roberta Bayley
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PUNK Magazine Complete Run 1-17 with D.O.A. Filmbook
Holmstrom, John [Editor]; McNeil, Legs [Editor]
New York: Punk Publications, 1975-1979.
Complete in 15 issues total, numbered 1-17 (issues 9 and 13 were never printed) with "Punk Supplement" (inside High Times February 1977) and D.O.A. Official Filmbook. Variously folio folded tabloid and quarto, pictorial wrappers. Very Good overall.
The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Television, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Dictators, Destroy All Monsters, Iggy Pop, James Chance, The Clash and all sorts of early punk celebrities were profiled and lampooned in the pages of Holmstrom's now-classic Punk.
Roberta Bayley | Vintage Archive
The Ramones - First Album cover
© Roberta Bayley Photography
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
Size: 30 x 40cm.
Gelatin Silver Print
UNIQUE PIECE / Printed in 1976 by Roberta Bayley
Roberta Bayley chatting with Sid Vicious
© Bob Gruen, 1978
© Roberta Bayley
140 Unique Pieces
Printed in the 70´s by Roberta Bayley