Jennifer Precious Finch is a musician, photographer and visual artist most known for her decade long involvement with legendary rock group L7. Prior to her musical success, Finch was an avid photographer through Los Angeles’s 1980s punk and hardcore music scene, capturing both on and off-stage personalities, venues, moods and excitement.
I have always been a visual person and something of a documentarian. I would have always rather stayed in the background “capturing” events than partaking in them.
At the age of 13 I began to take photos of my friends in Los Angeles on a camera given to me by my father.
Although I continue to be an amateur photographer, one “era” of my photographs sparked the interest of the LA Weekly, a Los Angles life style newspaper, who were kind enough to sponsor a photo show and an article on my photographs and it featured the writing of John Albert.
These pictures eventually documented the early punk scene that she became involved in before joining L7 in 1986.
The LA Weekly sponsored art show at Aidan Ryley Taylor Gallery in Hollywood, until November 18, 2006. The collection, called “14 and Shooting” is a visceral look into the late 70’s and early 80’s LA Punk Scene.
It features photographs of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Religion, Courtney Love, Henry Rollins and more as well as a generally dark perspective of troubled youth in Southern California through the raw and authentic camera lens of then fourteen-year-old.