Manchester’s Kevin Cummins is one of music’s most revered photographers. With a burgeoning scene in Salford in the 70s and 80s, Cummins was on hand to witness the greats of The Smiths, Joy Division and then, New Order first hand. The latest exhibition of his work at Proud Camden showcases an intimate and rare collection of post-Ian Curtis New Order portraits.

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In the 1970s Cummins had been the most trusted photographer of Joy Division and helped to define their public image, before it all came to an abrupt and agonising end with the death of front man Ian Curtis. The three surviving members of Joy Division, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris joined Gillian Gilbert and formed a new band from the ashes of the tragedy. Combining elements of post-punk, new wave and electronic dance music, New Order would be responsible for some of the biggest hits of the era.

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Uniquely placed to document the rise of New Order, from their formation in 1980 to their split in 1993, Cummins’ long- term friendship gave him unparalleled access to the band and captured the band in every light. From underground beginnings as the flagship group of Factory Records in Manchester and intimate studio shots to the frenetic energy of live performances and grandstand tours around Europe and America, Cummins captured a broad and unfettered view of the band.

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New Order by Kevin Cummins is at Proud Camden now until 7 June 2015. For more information visit www.proud.co.uk.

All images are © Kevin Cummins.