Anna Dąbrowska-Lyons – born in 1960 in Warsaw, she lives and works in London. Photographer. She graduated from the Higher Photographic Studio in Warsaw and completed postgraduate studies in London at Central Saint Martin’s with a degree in photography. The author of the photographic-fanzine album “Polski Punk 1978–1982”. Since 1986, she has lived in London, India, and Amsterdam, among others.


Selected photographs from 1978–1982
vintage prints
courtesy of the artist

These non-mainstream photos by Anna Dąbrowska-Lyons are a unique document of the birth of the punk subculture in Poland, which in the 1980s turned out to be the most vivid artistic formation confronting national authorities who were set on a collision course with the rest of society. The raw form of the photos present the observations of a participant inside the movement is true to the assumptions of the spontaneous punk antiaesthetic, manifested as well in the outfits which she captured on film, for which students risked being suspended from schools or detained by the militia for 48 hours. This nonchalant, ground-up fashion was a sign of protest against an oppressive regime, as well as against the conservative values lauded by the opposition.