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Current Exhibitions

Proud Chelsea Exhibition

Image of an Icon: A Collaborative Exhibition

11th August - 16th October 2016

This Summer Proud Chelsea is pleased to present 'Image of an Icon' featuring the most iconic and influential faces from fashion, music, sport and film from the photographers at the heart of Proud Galleries’ 20 year history.

This unique exhibition will take you on an awe-inspiring journey through the past century and the photographs that encapsulate the length and breadth of popular culture. Featuring a mesmerising portrait of the world’s first supermodel and fashion muse, Twiggy, taken by Justin de Villeneuve, an ethereal looking Jane Birkin and her lover Serge Gainsbourg captured by her brother, Andrew Birkin, Michael Joseph’s Hogarthian portraits from the Beggars Banquet shoot in ’68, a never-before-seen shot of The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane by photographer Mike Champion, David Montgomery’s iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Electric Ladyland studio album cover and a glimpse into the making of the cult classic 'Withnail & I' through the lens of internationally renowned photographer Murray Close. Further portraits of icons such as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Blondie will also be shown along with a collection of commemorative shots of the late, great Muhammad Ali by personal photographer, Michael Gaffney.

Proud Chelsea offers visitors an opportunity to peruse an exceptional collection of the most classic photography of all time, never seen before in one complete exhibition. Whether you are a first time visitor or a Proud Galleries regular, this exhibition will reignite your love of some of the most iconic portraits of the 20th century.


Proud Camden Exhibition

Woodstock by Baron Wolman

28th July - 11th September

This summer, Proud Camden brings in the festival season with a nostalgic collection of photographs taken by the esteemed photographer, Baron Wolman. This exhibition explores the innovative genius of one man as he transformed music photography through his idiosyncratic style and spontaneous aesthetic, perfectly documenting the music, the people and the sheer hedonism of the legendary Woodstock Festival.

As the Vietnam War raged on, the Woodstock generation became more aware of their power to change the world by challenging cultural restraints, ideas and institutions. Public rallies, peace-protests and demonstrations created a unified feeling of hope and purpose and for the first time a mass culture saw itself as completely interconnected and began to take on a global rather than a local responsibility.
What was conceived as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” advertised for 50,000 people, soon became one of the most important music festivals in history, attended by over half a million people, and a defining moment for the counter-culture generation. Woodstock was the people’s festival where positive and like-minded individuals were brought together to celebrate their values, concerns and feelings for the world around them. The magic of Woodstock is a stunning demonstration of the true power of community and still holds an enduring influence today, becoming an inspiration for those who believed that things could change for the better. Even once the music was over and the people had left, Woodstock was not the end, but the beginning of music and pop culture as we know it.

Wolman was at the inception of Rolling Stone magazine, capturing icons of the 60s and 70s, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. His candid and evocative photographs of Woodstock offer a rare insight into this illustrious event, capturing the true essence of the celebrated rock ‘n’ roll festival. He would venture to the outskirts of the festival, taking photographs of the audiences and their leisure activities away from the music, explaining that “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening out there was just too interesting not to explore.” Wolman gives us a vivid and honest view, documenting not only the music and performances but also the cultural and political aspects of people protesting against the war, animal killings and government.

With his unobtrusive approach, Wolman’s techniques resulted in photographs that captured the rawness and emotion of a generation. Woodstock by Baron Wolman brings together a collection of iconic images that have come to epitomise our collective cultural memory, showcasing a revolutionary moment in the history of music and one of the greatest events to have ever occurred.


Future Exhibitions

Proud Camden Exhibition

Eye of a Generation: Photographs by Michael Putland

15th September - 16th October 2016

Proud Galleries presents ‘Eye of a Generation’, a major retrospective from renowned British photographer Michael Putland. This exhibition will celebrate an illustrious career spanning over half a century, offering a unique and candid view into some of the most famous faces and iconic moments in music history.
Still photographing today, Putland began taking photographs at age nine after his grandmother gave him his first camera. After leaving school he started working as a photographer’s assistant and in 1969 he was working for a great portfolio of British music magazines which paved the way for Putland to photograph some of the biggest names in music. In 1973 he was asked to be the official photographer for the Rolling Stones European Tour, which led to a life-long relationship with the ‘Stones and some of their most celebrated portraits.
This exhibition includes an unseen photograph of Marc Bolan at the height of his fame during a two day shoot at the famous recording studio, Le Château d'Hérouville, in France; a laid-back and loved-up John and Yoko relaxing together in the White Room where the famous ‘Imagine’ video was shot; the iconic moment when Pete Townshend launched his electric guitar six-feet into the air at Madison Square Gardens; a 1972 shoot with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson; an intimate photograph of Mick and Keith backstage with Keith's son Marlon; David Bowie in a catsuit decorating his home in Haddon Hall and the famous photograph of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh captured backstage at the Palladium Theatre, New York in 1978. Putland has the innate ability to capture candid photographs that provide a rare glimpse into the artists own private moments, “I treated them with respect and I seemed to gain their respect in turn.” Consequently Putland was provided unparalleled access, illustrated by the extraordinary breadth and diversity of his work that is rarely seen.
Proud Camden will celebrate an incredible photographic career with an iconic and captivating retrospective, documenting the artists that changed popular music from the ‘60s through to the current day. ‘Eye of a Generation’ will reveal a rare and honest look at the most prominent faces of the 20th century, shot through the lens of one of Britain’s most influential music photographers.


Proud Chelsea Exhibition

Around The World In 80 Years: Photographs by Bill Wyman

19th October - 27th November 2016

Proud Galleries is excited to announce ‘Around the World in 80 Years’, a deeply candid and unique photographic exhibition by former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman. Proud Chelsea is honoured to mark Wyman’s 80th birthday with a series of iconic and many previously unpublished photographs, providing a behind the scenes look at the trailblazing band, from their early formative years to global sell-out shows and chart domination
After being gifted with his first camera by his uncle, Wyman became interested in photography from a young age. He has expressed his fascination for photography because it “captured historical moments for me to look back on.” He became acutely aware of how others framed their shots, always preferring to take photographs of people without their knowledge, "I prefer to keep out of the way and capture candid photographs that are un-staged and natural.”
Wyman first met Keith, Mick and Brian at The Wetherby Arms on the King's Road in December 1962, close to where they shared a flat in Edith Grove, and was warmly welcomed into The Rolling Stones, bringing with him a new found electricity to the band. During his time in the Stones, Wyman captured an up-front and personal look at the band from the inside, as the rest of the world had never seen them before. Soon his fellow band members became accustomed to Wyman and his camera, resulting in honest, natural shots of rare and private moments in their lives, whilst cutting tracks in the recording studio, barefoot during rehearsals and behind-the-scenes moments with family and friends.
This photographic retrospective of Wyman’s life on the road offers unique access to intimate moments and everyday scenes of one of the most prolific rock bands in history. Wyman has selected some of his personal favourite photographs from his extensive archive to be exhibited, including a glimpse of Brian Jones from the rear view mirror on the way to the 1967 European tour and Mick Jagger reading from the bible backstage before a concert for the blind.
Staged at Proud Chelsea where it all began, ‘Around the World in 80 Years’ will showcase Wyman’s idiosyncratic style with a rare collection of striking photographs of The Rolling Stones, disrupting the stereotypical image of the rock ‘n’ roll icons and revealing an honest portrait of Bill Wyman and his life through the lens.