|© Edward Colver, Henry Rollins, outtake for Black Flag's Damaged album, Los Angeles, California, 1981|
By Henry Rollins
Ed Colver’s photo of me hitting the mirror has become one of those bookmarks in the great text of independent music. As far as a photo being used on the cover of Black Flag’s first full studio album, Damaged, I am glad it was Ed who took the shot. His integrity and dedication to his work matched ours - It was a perfect fit. Ed captured images from the Southern California Hardcore scene like no one else. If it were not for him, a lot of that history would be nothing but mere tall tales. Ed and I have a very rare relationship. Even though there were other people in the room when that photo was taken, in the shot itself, it was just Ed and myself.
See Ed Colver's other images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, currently showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 21, 2012. To learn more about the photographer and his work visit his official website.