— “It’s not you, Billy. It’s this town, it’s the people we know.”

Central Library, Manchester, 1976.
The young woman seated on the right was a librarian.
She left Manchester shortly after I took this photograph and
went to work in a boutique on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

Postcard from Morrissey to myself.

Linder Sterling is a visual artist, performance artist and musician. A well-known figure of the Manchester punk and post-punk scene, Linder co-founded the band LUDUS in 1978. She is known for her montages such as those featured on the record sleeves of BUZZCOCKS, LUDUS and MORRISSEY. Many of her works were published in the 70s punk fanzine THE SECRET PUBLIC which she founded together with Jon Savage. In 1992 Linder published MORRISSEY SHOT, a collection of photographs of her close friend Morrissey, taken on his 1991 tour. A monograph of her works, LINDER WORKS 1976-2006, was published by Jrp/Ringier. Linder recently collaborated with the fashion designer Richard Nicoll for his A/W 2009 collection. She has exhibited internationally and is represented by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.