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Feature: Punk Girls by Liz Ham

Photographer Liz Ham

Photographer Liz Ham

Liz’s work spans from fashion photography to live punk shows; all of which has beautifully compiled into her 2017 book Punk Girls. I spoke with Liz about her experience of being an art school drop out, to becoming a professional photographer, to pursuing her masters degree. In Punk Girls, Liz explained that she wanted to depict punk women doing mundane, everyday tasks. Punk Girls is the first monograph in Australian history to exclusively document women in the local Punk scene. The culmination of five years of work by acclaimed portrait and fashion photographer Liz Ham, Punk Girls featuresover 100 portraits that capture contemporary Australian punk girls in their many guises

Images from Punk Girls

Images from Punk Girls

Punk is listening, it’s understanding, it is resistance
— Liz Ham
Images from Punk Girls

Images from Punk Girls

“I want to demystify perceptions of women in punk and give a voice and recognition to an incredibly diverse and intersectional scene that has, over the last forty years...evolved to become a very exciting place for women to feel active, supported and confident in pursuing their freedom to look and feel themselves” - Liz Ham

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To see more of her work visit her website here


Friend of She’s a Punk, Erin Day is working on an amazing art project in the form of a blog. It’s called A Women a Day Until Bikini Kill in L.A., and it’s very much what it sounds like.

Everyday Erin writes a thoughtful and well research post about a radical woman in music until the Bikini Kill gig in L.A in May.


Erin’s writing is honest and tender. While she dives into the history of some of our most beloved feminist icons she is also careful not to gloss over their mistakes in history. For example her forthright examination of Patti Smith’s classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger .

This is truly the arena in which the most radical and controversial white women of the seventies are very disappointing. Intersectional feminism wasn’t here yet, y’all. And a problematic side of punk was that it sort of encouraged being controversial for the sake of being controversial

Erin always seems to acknowledge how important these artists are but doesn’t seem to need to lionize them in the same why so many careless writers do. She tows the line between being thorough in her research while maintaining a very conversational tone that feels like speaking to a friend. A Woman a Day … is an incredibly fun and thought provoking project. Don’t believe me? Why not try to read Erin explaining why she feels like her mom is punk as fuck and get back to me. If you like She’s a Punk you’ll love Erin.