Liz Ham was born in London in 1975. It was the very year that Malcolm McLaren exported the sounds of the New York underground into the unsuspecting cultural landscape of Great Britain. 1975 was the year that punk broke, commercially at least, with Malcolm’s calculated formation of the Sex Pistols. Although Liz Ham was too young to catch the first wave of punk music’s cultural impact, her artistic parents would inevitably introduce her to punk music and the creative lifestyle that came with it. When Liz and her family migrated to Sydney in 1980 she soon found herself immersed in the local music and arts scene. She picked up her first camera at 14 years old, an act that would span a multi-decade long creative career shooting across editorial, advertising, and exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions. Liz Ham’s latest effort is a publication containing over 100 portraits of female and female-identifying subjects shot over the last five years. Punk Girls is a celebration of punk attitudes, and Liz Ham’s testament to the strength, spirit, and solidarity of women in punk living their most authentic lives.
- Photography courtesy of: Liz Ham