KosmoFoto’s Stephen Dowling had the pleasure of running into Pennie Smith – the photographer behind the Clash’s iconic ‘London Calling’ cover photo – at a concert in 2007. Lo and behold, they were the only two photographers in the photo pit shooting on film that night.

Stephen inquired about the Pentax ES II around Pennie’s neck and was pleasantly surprised to find out it’s the exact same camera she used to capture The Clash bass player Paul Simonon smashing his guitar, nearly 30 years prior. When asked about the photo, Pennie memorably responded “It’s not even the best picture on the roll”.

Click the link below to read more about Stephen’s chance encounter and to learn about the history of the simple, yet reliable Pentax ES II.

Read: KosmotoFoto – Pentax ES II: The camera that captured rock’s most iconic photograph

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