Sound and Vision at Conservation Centre Ends Soon



The photographer Francesco Mellina gave another talk about his exhibition at the Conservation Centre last week and many of the people who featured in the photographs came along. Including these four former New Romantics who Francesco snapped in Cagney’s in 1981. That’s Francesco in the middle of the top picture.

This excellent exhibition ends on 31 August 2009.

Sound and Vision
1 May – 31 August 2009
Work of rock photographer goes on display.  Music and fashion photographed by Francesco Mellina, Liverpool, 1978-82

The exhibition reveals a unique visual record of the city’s music and fashion scene, capturing the striking individuality and self-expression of gig-goers and acts in this pivotal era from New Wave and Northern Soul to the New Romantics and Rockabillies.


Featuring iconic Liverpool bands and artists such as Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Pete Wylie and Pete Burns, Mellina’s photographs document key gigs and music spots of the time, along with many more names who went on to achieve worldwide status including Roxy Music, The Clash, The Ramones and The Smiths as well as artists such as Mick Hucknall and U2 who were still opening support acts at the time.