Sue Rynski

Sue Rynski’s artistic vision was honed while participating in Detroit’s late seventies rock underground scene, a creative incubator. Driven by the rejection of commercial rock and a need to create original music and art this scene persisted with passion and frenzy until its appetite was finally satisfied.

Upon receiving her BFA in 1977, Sue joined up with the Michigan art collective and band Destroy All Monsters. She made her headquarters at legendary Detroit club, Bookies Club 870, and photographed everywhere on the scene. A joyful hysteria, energy and passion are expressed in her black and white work from this period. Destroy All Monsters, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Pere Ubu, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Ron Asheton, The Dead Boys, Johnny Thunders are among the rockers captured.

Rynski’s photographs bring us right inside her own world of the night, the bars, the scenes where people locate joy andfreedom in music, captured by her powerful vision of movement and emotion. Today rock continues to be her muse: her approach is physical, very personal, trashy, elegant and sometimes dreamlike.
Born Detroit, Michigan, 1954. Lives and works in Paris, France

University of Michigan School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Center For Students and Artists in Paris
BFA University of Michigan 1977

• Sue Rynski hysteric fifteen monograph, numbered edition of 600,
Hysteric Glamour Art & Books, Japan, 2006
• End of the Night, collector portfolio, signed and numbered edition of 30,
Chez Higgins, France, 2007
Personal preface by Iggy Pop, written for Sue’s photographs and the Bookie’s Club 870 scene
• Photography © Sue Rynski fashion apparel line limited editions,
Hysteric Glamour, Japan, 2006-2007
• “Boners” fashion tshirt, numbered edition of 77 – April77, France, 2008

2010 “I Am A Cliché, echoes of the punk aesthetic” Rencontres d’Arles Photograpy, Arles, France
“Hungry For Death - Destroy All Monsters” SPACE, London
2009 “Hungry For Death - Destroy All Monsters” 0047, Oslo
“Hungry For Death - Destroy All Monsters” Printed Matter Inc, New York
“The Dirty Show Motel” Los Angeles
2ème Nuit de la Photographie Contemporaine, Paris, Place Saint Sulpice
“Last of The Rock Stars - Elliott Murphy” Paris, Mairie du 6ème
2008 Art Basel Miami
“Bookie’s Club 870” Galérie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (solo)
“Tranches de vie” Pascal Polar + NKA* Gallery, Brussels
Garage, Osaka – inaugural exhibition (solo)
2007 “Chez Higgins Collections” Artcurial, Paris
“Detroit Rock & Roll Haute Enérgie” exhibition and lecture, Paris Université VII Jussieu (solo)
“Music, Light & Shadow (Listening to The White Stripes)” Paris (solo)
2006 Zamiang Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
“Le visage caché du monde” Prague
2005 “The Dirty Show” Detroit
“Sue Rynski: Rock and Roll Ecstasy” Detroit (solo)
2004 Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit – inaugural exhibition (solo)
Rockarchive Gallery, Londres
2003 CPOP Gallery, Detroit

• Elliott Murphy Alive in Paris DVD/CD– album cover, 2009
• Elliott Murphy Notes From the Underground – album cover and booklet, 2008
• IQONS Magazine, international, 2008
• Patti Smith Dream of Life documentary film, 2008
• THE STOOGES, A Journey through the Michigan Underworld, book by Brett Callwood,
IMP Press, UK, 2008
• MC5 Sonically Speaking, book by Brett Callwood, IMP Press, UK, 2007
(and USA edition by Wayne State University Press, 2010)
• PLACED Magazine, Belgium, 2007
• BLEND Magazine, Netherlands, 2006
• NIAGARA, Beyond The Pale, book and CD, Ninemm Books & Amphetamine Dream, USA, 2005
• JUXTAPOZ Magazine, USA, 2003
• Patti Smith LAND – album booklet and website ; trampin' tour – onstage slideshow, 2002 & 2004