7th April - 5th June 2016
Proud Galleries is pleased to announce ‘Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom’, an exhibition documenting the youth and dynamism of The Rolling Stones’ early formative years by esteemed photographer Terry O’Neill. This exhibition will be launching at Proud Chelsea in conjunction with the release of the highly anticipated book of the same name. In the early 1960s, the world was undergoing extraordinary social changes, where class, money and power collided and the younger working class became the new idols of art, film, literature and music. Keith Richards has said, “Nobody knew at th e time that 1963 was a pivotal year. There was a whiff in the air, and I think Terry O’Neill probably felt it as much as I did, but from different angles. Terry was behind the lens, everywhere, always.”
Both the Rolling Stones and Terry O’Neill began their careers during these momentous years, launching them into the London Rock ‘n’ Roll scene and the Swinging Sixties. Terry O’Neill’s reputation for photographing musicians such as The Beatles began to spread and soon the Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, invited him to see them perform. Straightway O’Neill knew they were different, remembering, “I didn’t have to work too hard. They were just immediately cool.” Due to the camaraderie between photographer and subject, the young photographer was able to capture candid shots both on and off stage, resulting in spontaneous and exciting images and the start of pop pictures in newspapers.
O’Neill was one of a few talented young photographers who helped create the photographic icons of the time and the buzz that became Swinging London. In just a few short years, he would continue to capture singular moments of music history and his iconic shots of a group of young ‘working musicians’ carrying their suitcases down Tin Pan Alley would come to symbolise the spirit and the times of a generation. O’Neill said, “I didn’t realise what an impact they were having until I went to Hollywood in 1964 on an assignment. Here I was taking photos of legends like Fred Astaire and all they wanted to talk about was the Rolling Stones!” These working class boys had become impossible to ignore and O’Neill’s renowned images were the defining factor behind their success.
Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom will showcase a remarkable collection of rare images captured by O’Neill. It will reveal definitive moments throughout the Stones’ early career and will document the band’s beginnings before they became one of the most successful and prolific rocks bands in history.
The book, ‘Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom’, published by ACC Editions on 11 April 2016, accompanies the exhibition.
17th March - 15th May 2016
Proud Galleries presents The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali, an intimate photographic portrait revealing Ali the fighter, the friend, the father and the inspiration as seen through the lens of close friend and award-winning photographer, Michael Gaffney. This is the year to celebrate Muhammad Ali in the wake of the campaign to award the Heavyweight Champion with an honorary Knighthood and to coincide with the O2’s tribute exhibition, ‘I am the Greatest’. Proud Camden will reveal rare and never-before-seen photographs of ‘the people’s champion’.
Photojournalist Michael Gaffney was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a year as Muhammad Ali’s personal photographer – travelling the world, photographing the boxer both in the ring and behind the scenes. This exhibition captures the dramatic trilogy of Ali’s fights from 1977-1978; a triumphant victory against Earnie Shavers, a devastating loss to Leon Spinks, and a redemptive win to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented third time. A feat never accomplished before or since, Ali transcended his title and became one of the most extraordinary and influential athletes in history, winning the attention and hearts of millions who admired his courage and raw honesty.
Gaffney’s poignant and nostalgic photographs capture a rare insight into a year in the life of Muhammad Ali, “there was something unique about his openness, accessibility and honesty that I knew would make for great photographs of this famous sports figure.” Documenting the boxer’s fights, training and candid moments before going inside the ring, Gaffney’s photographs illustrate one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century.
The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali will unearth one of the most memorable years in Ali’s life, from his struggle to regain his world championship, through to his historic victories and intimate moments with his family. This collection is an insight into the life of one of the most extraordinary cultural treasures of our lifetime and is a must see for all fans of Muhammad Ali.
9th June- 24th July 2016
Proud Camden is delighted to present The Band Photographs 1968-1969, an exclusive collection of both iconic and never-before-seen photographs documenting the making of this group’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band, through the lens of close friend and renowned photographer Elliott Landy.
Elliott Landy, the celebrated rock and roll photographer whose portraits grace the covers of both Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and Van Morrison’s Moondance, is also responsible for the cover for The Band’s second, eponymous album. In 1968, aspiring photojournalist Elliott Landy was documenting the underground music culture in New York City, when Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, offered him exclusive access to photograph The Band during the recording of their first two seminal albums. Landy’s images of The Band documented the music scene during the classic rock-and-roll period and he soon became one of the first music photographers to be recognised as an “artist.”
Once in a while a photographer gains the trust of an artist or a band, and his work fuses with that of the artist in such a way that the two become united in the public consciousness. Landy’s privileged relationship granted him unprecedented access and enabled him to capture one of the most enigmatic bands as they created a new genre of music. In 1968, “Americana” was played by six musicians in the town of Woodstock; Bob Dylan and a group called The Hawks. They had been The Hawks for five years when Dylan pulled them out of a Tony Mart’s dive bar on the Jersey Shore and asked them be his band, later changing their name to The Band. The Band were instrumental in Dylan’s progression from folk to electric, with both parties providing a significant influence on each musical styles.
More than four decades after Landy captured some of the most memorable shots in classic rock history, Proud Camden will showcase a unique relationship between artist and subject that is rarely seen in documentary photography. Exploring one of the rising bands of this decade, The Band Photographs 1968-1969 will reveal candid and iconic photographs of an unassuming group that captured the attention of a generation.
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