Ruby Ray

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Ruby Ray (born 1952) is a photographer, particularly known for her photography of the early punk movement.[1][2] She is known for her photography of marginalized and fringe musical artists,[3][4] with her photographs featured in Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years.[5]


Ruby Ray grew up in upstate New York before moving to San Francisco.[6] She began her photography career in 1977 with Search and Destroy, a local San Francisco zine. Her first photo session was with The Dils.[1] By 1979, Search and Destroy has ceased publishing, but Ruby Ray continued photographing local punk bands and eventually began her own publication, RE/Search.[1]

As the punk scene dwindled, Ruby Ray moved to New York City in the 1980s.[6]


  • Punk Passage San Francisco First Wave Punk 1977-1981. San Francisco Public Library. September 12 - December 6, 2009.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Jules Suzdaltsev. "Photographing San Francisco Punk with Ruby Ray". VICE.
  2. ^ "Upcoming Events - Tunnel Vision: The Punk Photography Exhibit - The Do List - KQED Arts". KQED Arts.
  3. ^ Yezmin Villarreal. "We Got Power Documents Arizona Punk Past and Present This Weekend". Phoenix New Times.
  4. ^ "A portfolio of West Coast punks from the 70's by Ruby Ray". Sensitive Skin Magazine.
  5. ^ Alex., Ogg,. Dead Kennedys : Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables, the early years. Oakland, CA. ISBN 9781604864892. OCLC 864091859.
  6. ^ a b Phaneuf, Whitney. "Ruby Ray: In Sharp Focus". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  7. ^ "Punk Passage San Francisco First Wave Punk 1977-1981". SFPL. Retrieved 2018-03-26.


Ray, Ruby and Savage, Jon. From the Edge of the World: California Punk, 1977-1981. San Francisco, Calif. : Superior Viaduct, 2013.