11th May - 24th June 2018
Proud Galleries is pleased to present ‘Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene’, an exhibition of rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe, captured by celebrated photographer Milton H. Greene. Milton photographed the versatile characters Marilyn performed for the camera, shooting the actress in 50 different settings resulting in an archive of over 3000 images. Projecting intimate vulnerability whilst commanding the attention of her audience, Marilyn’s ability to construct and control her public image reinforced her position as one of Hollywood’s most admired and publicised 1950s movie stars. The large-scale photographic prints included in this collection exhibit Marilyn in overwhelming detail, encapsulating the glamour, charisma and unique charm that contributed to her stratospheric success and enduring legacy.
Marilyn Monroe is arguably the most photographed personality of the 1950s; famed for her intoxicating sexuality wrapped in an aura of almost childlike innocence. By the time she had filmed her first movie at the age of 21, Marilyn had already experimented with her now famous bleached hair, but it was not until she turned 30 that she legally changed her name from Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe. Whilst she is remembered for a baby doll rendition of Happy Birthday and holding down her blowing white skirt in front of paparazzi, Marilyn was far from the ‘dumb blonde’ she performed. Through a contemporary lens, Marilyn has become a symbol of not only sex appeal, but empowerment and womanhood as she embraced the camera in a way that no celebrity had dared to do before.
Marilyn met Milton on a photoshoot for Look magazine in 1953. Noted for his fashion shoots that appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Milton turned his attention to celebrity culture and photographed many high-profile personalities of the era including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. Following their first collaboration, the pair formed a close bond and business partnership, together establishing the company ‘Marilyn Monroe Productions’, giving Marilyn control and ownership of her career. Milton encouraged Marilyn to step away from the ‘dumb blonde’ roles that she had become known for and took a series of photographs which challenged this stereotype. Working in locations that varied from the Californian landscape to film sets and photography studios, the pair collaborated throughout their friendship as they worked together to broaden the public’s perception of ‘Marilyn’.
Milton’s poised and elegant depictions demonstrate Marilyn’s ability to create an entirely different character in front of the lens with just a simple glance, whether she is seductively posing in a negligee or hiding a coy smile with her hand. ‘Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene’ allows the viewer to indulge in the fantasy of ‘Marilyn’ that she so effortlessly created for those who met her enthralling gaze.
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22nd March - 6th May 2018
Proud Galleries is delighted to present ‘Life with the Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw’, an exhibition of historic photographs of the Kennedy family by noted LIFE photojournalist and film-maker Mark Shaw. Within this poignant collection, Shaw chronicles the golden years of the Kennedy family as John F. Kennedy progressed from the role of Senator to his early presidency. The exhibition marks the 55th anniversary of JFK’s harrowing assassination, shining a new light onto America’s most loved First Family before the tragic events that followed.
Mark Shaw began his professional photographic career in New York City, capturing the notable celebrities of the 1950’s for Harper’s Bazaar and other major fashion publications. He built a reputation as a fashion and portrait photographer and freelanced for LIFE, shooting over 27 covers and more than 100 stories during his time at the magazine. Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso and Brigitte Bardot were just a number of distinguished figures Shaw captured within his short yet remarkable career.
In 1959, Shaw was commissioned to shoot what would become his most memorable photographs; intimate portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy as her husband Senator John F. Kennedy was running his Presidential campaign. Over time he built a strong rapport with the family and became entrusted as the Kennedys’ unofficial photographer. Shaw documented ‘The American Royals’ at the White House and at their holiday home in Hyannis Port, producing his much loved photographs of the family in both official and candid settings. His close friendship revealed an unparalleled insight into their intriguing domestic life.
The exhibition includes JFK’s favourite portrait of himself, an introspective image of John wistfully walking into the landscape with his back turned, amongst other depictions of self-reflectivity. These quiet moments are contrasted with loving connections between mother and child, regal portraits of the celebrated couple and a playful image of Jackie leaning out of the family sailing boat clutching Shaw’s camera. The settings of Shaw's pictures vary from vacation retreats to the White House, but in each photograph the sense of optimism in the American Dream is present.
Following JFK’s assassination in 1963, Mark Shaw distanced himself from photography, affected deeply by the loss of his close friend. When Shaw unexpectedly passed away at the age of 47, the majority of his works were placed into storage and remained unseen for over 40 years. In 1996, Shaw’s son David and his wife Juliet founded The Mark Shaw Photographic Archive and his pictures were re-introduced to a new audience in The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw photobook. The collection has since become a lasting tribute to the work of Mark Shaw, encapsulating the memories and experiences of his close relationship with The Kennedys at a pivotal moment in American history.
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2nd February - 18th March 2018
Proud Galleries is pleased to present ‘Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy’, an exhibition celebrating the bold appearances that defined London’s vibrant ‘Swinging Sixties’. Recognised for his exemplary collaborations with David Bowie, photographer Brian Duffy’s wider practice recorded modern Britain, exploring the youth-driven cultural shift within art, music and fashion. This diverse collection of photographs, many unpublished since the 1960s, encompasses fashion editorials, celebrity portraiture and international advertising campaigns as Duffy captured the lifestyle trends of this momentous decade.
In 1959 Duffy began working as a commercial photographer when he shot his first commission for The Sunday Times, a prestigious moment which launched his artistic career. He was selected to shoot editorials for British Vogue and worked closely with Jean Shrimpton and Paulene Stone, supermodels that became synonymous with ‘the face of the sixties’ and redefined fashionable style in glossy magazines. Alongside his contemporaries David Bailey and Terrence Donovan, Duffy became known and respected as a member of “The Terrible Trio”, the new elite of fashion photography. Equally rebellious and provocative, renowned fashion photographer Norman Parkinson described them as “The Black Trinity” for the few rules the group operated by, and the many they broke. *linebrake* *linebrake*Through Duffy’s commercial work, his archive documented evolving identity politics and explored the new set of feminine ideals that were influenced by the supermodels he shot. Many fashion traditions were disrupted in the 1960’s, a transformation which mirrored the social movements of the time. The depiction of ‘The Single Girl’ was of a sharp contrast to the way the models of the 1920’s were represented, carefully posed and immobile within constructed portraits. Duffy captured ‘The Single Girl’, symbolising young, energetic and independent movement.
This expressive development in commercial photography pushed Duffy to work in and out of a traditional studio, traversing international locations with his subjects to capture the necessary shot. Stylistically experimental, his considered approach to line, shape and perspective added surrealist elements to each photograph. From Jean Shrimpton to Grace Coddington, Michael Caine to David Bowie, Duffy captured each personality with a playful and commanding duality, challenging the typical notions of a studio portrait.
After an exceptional career taking some of the most iconic pictures of a generation, Duffy became frustrated by the industry and his work as a photographer, and in 1979 abruptly retired, rebelliously burning a large number of his negatives in a backyard fire. In 2010, Duffy died at the age of 76, leaving behind a small number of signed works, many on view within this exhibition. What negatives remained formed The Duffy Archive, a comprehensive history of twenty five years of British culture and fashion.
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8th December 2017 - 28th January 2018
‘London Rock: The Unseen Archive by Alec Byrne’ will launch at Proud Central this December, bringing together a collection of previously unseen photographs from Byrne’s rediscovered archive. The exhibition coincides with the UK launch of the photographer’s exclusive collector’s book, containing essays and pictures which detail the many faces that defined British rock n’ roll.*linebrake* *linebrake*Photographer Alec Byrne came to prominence working in London during the 60’s and 70’s, putting a spotlight on the young musicians who were at the forefront of London’s music evolution. The foundations of Rock n’ Roll music grew from its jazz and blues roots in the United States, placing emphasis on musicianship, live performance and ideologies of musical authenticity. Byrne’s work celebrates the passion and grit of the musicians who worked within these parameters, idols who he sometimes befriended, but often chased with his camera and inquisitive eye.*linebrake* *linebrake*Byrne’s career began at the age of 17 when he was put under contract to capture live acts for the NME. He was interested in photographing the emerging stars of British music during an unrivalled period of musical history, describing his schedule as, “The Who on Thursday, The Rolling Stones on Saturday, Led Zeppelin on Monday — just incredible’. From Mick Jagger’s explosive live performances to tender portraits of a young David Bowie, Byrne worked with a wide range of musicians, revealing their distinctive characteristics in each shot. His intuitive approach was of a rock n’ roll mind-set, favouring candid photography over a studio setting. Byrne’s desire to capture the most powerful imagery saw him battling to the front of crowds and racing home from performances to develop his work through the night.
Following Byrne’s concerns for the growing commercial obstructions within the music industry, he retired from music photography, keeping what was left of his archive in his Los Angeles garage. After almost four decades in storage, surviving a studio fire, a flood and an earthquake, a selection of his negatives were introduced to the world in an acclaimed one-night exhibition in LA. Since then, Byrne's work has been featured in the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, exhibited at the South by Southwest music festival, and accepted into the National Portrait Gallery in London.*linebrake* *linebrake*This exclusive photographic exhibition on display at Proud Central will be accompanied by Alec Byrne’s comprehensive book ‘London Rock: The Unseen Archive’, distributed by Ebury Publishing.
9th November - 3rd December 2017
Proud Galleries presents a collection of rare and intimate prints to coincide with the recent launch of Parke’s acclaimed photobook. The exhibition will reveal the unique collaboration between artist and art director, while illustrating Prince’s flamboyant persona and playful characteristics, culminated in an image of gender fluidity and sexual expression.*linebrake* *linebrake*Prince and Parke met in the late 80s at the artist’s renowned private estate and recording studio, Paisley Park, described by the latter as a ‘mecca of creativity’. Their partnership was consolidated when Prince requested Parke to be his official photographer, a creative alliance that produced an extensive archive of over 500 photographs. Parke worked as Prince’s art director for 13 years and together they pioneered the star’s eclectic image producing album covers, designs and often working overnight to achieve Prince’s visions. Through this exhibition, Parke shares a stripped back documentary of Prince’s enigmatic persona, revealing the humanistic and multifaceted depth to his character, formally hidden from the public eye.
Impromptu shoots from around the Paisley Park site offer a glimpse into life off the stage and the drive behind Prince’s ambition. Whilst an employee, Parke was also a trusted companion of the icon and it is evident throughout the shots that the pair shared a unique connection. Speaking of an atmospheric image taken through reeds in the Paisley Park grounds, Parke reminisced: ‘I knew I was pushing it but I thought the shot would be worth it. He stepped back and back and back. I can only imagine he was starting to sink, but he didn’t seem to mind. “That’s great,” I said finally. As I looked through the lens I noticed his demeanour was a world apart from his usual one: he just seemed utterly relaxed and at peace.”
Proud will be commemorating the genius of a man whose creative expression continues to unfold. Picturing Prince will be accompanied by the fully illustrated book published by Parke in collaboration with Octopus Publishing Group.
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1st June- 20th August 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to announce ‘Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression’, a playful retrospective exploring the youth and vivacity of one of Britain’s most defining decades. This unique exhibition features the many faces, fashions and sounds of the Swinging Sixties with prints showcasing iconic stars in their prime alongside the beauty of ordinary life and every- day style.*linebrake* *linebrake*Born during a Zeppelin raid in 1918, Spencer was a dynamic and hardworking storyteller who went on to carve two celebrated careers. Prior to his success as a photographer,Spencer served in the R.A.F. flying Spitfires. Daring, adventurous and bold, he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Croix de Guerre and continued to live vivaciously following ceasefire. In the aftermath of the war, Spencer embarked on his photographic career with the American photojournalism Magazine, LIFE, documenting world events and crises in areas of conflict across the globe. Speaking to a journalist in his later years, Spencer remarked that he was never nervous about being injured, humorously adding: “The only time I was ever hurt was when I was attacked by Paul McCartney after I discovered his hideaway in Scotland."
Proud Galleries will exhibit a charming collection of the late Terence Spencer’s prints, swapping scenes of violence for social enlightenment and cultural idols in booming Britain. Persuaded by his daughter Cara and her admiration of The Beatles, Spencer went on to tour with the band for 6 months. During this time he photographed their movements behind scenes, helping Ringo with his own photography and collating an enviable archive of over 5000 negatives.
Throughout the 1960s and beyond, Spencer used his experience as a photojournalist to document the fashions, youth culture, ground-breaking music and elated dreams of the generation, capturing the faces of real people, models, actors, designers, writers, and sportsmen alike. Spencer’s gregarious flair and ability to put his subjects at ease yielded photographs with an intrinsic light-heartedness. The star-studded collection is complete with natural shots of Muhammad Ali and Marianne Faithfull alongside photographs of entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson captured in the bath with a model aeroplane.
Proud Camden will celebrate a deeply humanising, honest collection of Terence Spencer’s extensive archive which embodies the liberalised popular culture of the ‘60s and offers a nostalgic snapshot of a dynamic period of social change and musical revolution.
29th - 30th September 2017
Proud Galleries presents an exhibition of contemporary Pop Art ‘through the looking glass’ with an exclusive series of graphic collages by former Rock ‘n’ Roll musician and DJ William Blanchard.
Best known for creating works that are visual and highly engaging, Blanchard draws on the sporadic nature of graffiti, urban life, rock music and capitalist imagery, challenging traditional notions of art with socially engaged reactions. Blanchard’s distinctive visual expression and style has garnered the attention of an eclectic celebrity following including Jason Donovan and Florence Welch, and continues to spark interest globally.
Imagination against Reality will look at the distinction between normality and distortion, exploring themes of music, psychedelia, art and popular culture. Influenced from a lifetime performing within the indie music scene and collaborations with prolific street artists including Ben Eine, Blanchard has said: “My life feels like a living collage and everywhere I have ever lived, my environment ends up a part of me, and me of it.” The collages and assemblages within this exhibition are deeply personal, with reflections deriving from Blanchard’s own childhood possessions, flea markets and street finds amongst musical influences.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice in Wonderland, Blanchard explores a concept in which “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality”. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to enter Blanchard’s own re-imagined world, drawing on Carroll’s peculiar fantasy and its psychedelic connotations. Proud Galleries offers an insight into contemporary Popism through the eyes of Wildcat Will, bringing the symbiotic nature of urban life, music, revolution and art together, with inspiration from Sixties anarchism to today’s political activism.
9th March- 21st May 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to announce Access All Areas: Photographs by Paul Harries, an exhibition showcasing Harries’ iconic collection of rock legends from over two extraordinary decades. Proud Camden will explore Harries’ distinctive portfolio of celebrated icons including Nirvana, Slash, Metallica, Slipknot, and Muse, each injected with his unmistakable style and creativity.
From a young age Harries had always been fascinated by the blistering world of live music and decided to incorporate this with his increasing passion for photography, shooting live gigs at the legendary Marquee Club. He has said that “I was always hugely interested in music and because I couldn’t sing or play any instrument, photographing the bands was the perfect way to be involved.” Harries’ career took a turn when he was introduced by a friend to Kerrang! Magazine to which he has contributed as one of the leading lensmen of rock photography since 1989.
Granted unparalleled access to the biggest names in rock history on set, backstage and in studios across the globe, Harries’ photographs have an unrivalled depth and atmosphere. The theatrical, visual energy of rock is perfectly matched to his dynamic and cinematic style, capturing performers who have a unique stage presence and play up to the camera. Harries’ collection offers a captivating glimpse into all aspects of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle, featuring live photographs of Nirvana during sell-out performances, candid shots of Slash and Ozzy Osbourne and a series of photo-manipulated images including an iconic photograph of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in a replica WW1 plane.
Proud Camden will exhibit a memorable collection of Harries’ photographs, from the 1990’s to the present day, revealing the unconventional style of the photographer and exposing the curious world of Rock’s greatest stars.
16th March- 14th May 2017
Proud Galleries is pleased to present ‘The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus’ a moving documentation of the legendary band’s phenomenal ascent by photographer David Magnus, who bore witness to some of their greatest moments. This exhibition, featuring many previously unseen photographs, is a fascinating and deeply candid insight into The Beatles during an historic occasion taken at the world famous EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road.
In 1963, at the age of 19, Magnus was invited to photograph a relatively unknown band, The Beatles, during a concert at Stowe School. This early work with the group allowed Magnus unprecedented access throughout their rise to fame, forming an illustrious portfolio encompassing many rare and unique images. Magnus’s close relationship with the band and their publicist, Tony Barrow, granted him exclusive access to record a pivotal moment in their career 50 years ago, when, on the weekend of 24th and 25th June 1967, The Beatles recorded their song ‘All you need is Love’ for the first time during a live broadcast for the BBC’s ‘Our World’, the World’s first live, international, satellite television production, reaching over 400 million people worldwide. Magnus documented rare, behind-the-scenes footage of this historical event, including wonderfully frank photographs of the band relaxing backstage away from the recording studio. *linebrake* *linebrake*Speaking of the intensity of the band’s influence during that time, Magnus said, ‘As I came from the EMI canteen, one of the female studio staff stopped me, put a hand on my shoulder and said to me, “I must touch you as you’ve been in the same room as The Beatles.” It was as if I carried an aura from the Beatles. This to me sums up Beatlemania.’ This collection is a captivating archive of an event that was not only a first for The Beatles but a first for the era of television, which ignited a social revolution and created the universal anthem of its era.
Proud Chelsea will showcase a rare and remarkable collection of this unique photographic session of The Beatles by David Magnus, revealing the close bond between photographer and subject. Magnus’s extensive archive from this inimitable occasion highlights the band’s domineering presence and influence within the music industry whilst reflecting the recognition, admiration and excitement that sparked the world-over across the last five decades.
23rd February- 12th March 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to announce Into the Wild: Sculptures by Daniel Jon Griffiths, an exhibition showcasing the dynamic approach to traditional craftsmanship in celebration of the natural world. Griffiths’ beautiful and unique sculptures capture the earthy, untamed spirit of Britain’s wildlife, evoking the essence of movement and stillness in fascinating steel forms.
Griffiths trained in sculpture at Norwich School of Art, but prior to this he forged a career as a blacksmith, learning traditional methods and techniques which he now uses to create his extraordinary animal and figurative sculptures out of a variety of metals. With skills in both fine-art and century old crafts, Griffiths’ sculptures share a common thread with folk art, reflecting a simple joy in the natural world with exquisitely technical constructions perfectly camouflaged in the wild. Influenced by a wide range of artists from the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer to the carvings of Ana Maria Pacheco and Gehard Demetz, Griffiths admires the ability they have to communicate ideas and emotions through their skill and craftsmanship in their chosen medium.
Speaking of his own creations Griffiths has said, ‘Working in metal has a physicality and drama which I try to pass on to the work, capturing something of the fire, heat and energy that goes into their making and fixing it for perpetuity. It is that act of transformation, bringing base metal to life that I am always seeking to achieve.’ Griffiths’ intricate sculptural forms embody the soul and vitality of the animal kingdom and its enduring tie to humankind, our history and culture.
Proud Chelsea will showcase an exclusive collection of visceral sculptures which embody the captivating and enchanting elements of the natural world and celebrate the remarkable skill and craftsmanship of Griffiths.
3rd November- 7th March 2017
Emerging in the US in the 1970s as a product of the ‘60s countercultural movements, the punk subculture spread across the globe like wildfire and evolved into many forms and musical sub-genres over the years. Influencing bands and musicians to this day, the early days of punk had a massive impact driven by the constraints of society, with unemployment, racial tensions and social upheaval providing fuel for their fires.
With the launch of the revolutionary CBGB in New York and bands like the Ramones and Blondie advocating the New York scene, punk was exploding into London, where the emerging style and attitude was very much a product of British youth culture. Loved and hated in equal measure but impossible to ignore, it was during the summer of 1976 that the movement gained notoriety as The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash were beginning to ignite the imagination of the disenchanted youth amidst the social unrest of 1970s England.
This exhibition will showcase photographs of The Clash taken in 1977 at the infamous Rehearsal Rehearsals studio, Stables Market where Proud Camden resides, marking a true homecoming for Adrian Boot’s photographs of the band who heralded the birth of independent music through revolutionary punk style and attitude. This collection visually captures the ethos and raw spirit of the punk heyday, revealing the bands that led the distinct cultural shift of the most incendiary era in music history.
Proud Camden celebrates a revolution, whose repercussions and reverberations of cultural change nearly 40 years ago continue to increase in significance today.*linebrake*
6th January - 19th February 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to present ‘Bowie by Duffy’; a celebration of the dynamic relationship between two of the centuries greatest artistic innovators. This exhibition of original prints signed by the late Brian Duffy is a moving insight into the minds of two exceptional creatives in partnership between 1972 – 1980. Duffy’s iconic images emphasise the longevity of Bowie’s distinctive persona and offer a poignant retrospective to one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times on the anniversary of what would have been his 70th birthday and his untimely death.
Beginning his career as a fashion designer, Duffy’s eye for detail and design transposed into his work as a photographer in a compelling and unique style. His photographs were published in numerous magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, creating some of the most memorable images of celebrities and fashion from the 60’s and 70’s. Determining the face of the era, Duffy enraptured the nation with a creativity that characterised him as redefining documentary fashion photography.
Eclectic and influential in creating Bowie’s chameleon-like image, Duffy worked with the singer over a period of eight years, conducting five photographic shoots that produced some of the world’s most memorable images, including the acclaimed Aladdin Sane album cover now referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of Pop.’ The iconic image is now instantly recognised worldwide and defines Bowie’s career as a musician. The photographs from these creative sessions are a unique and stirring documentation of the changing faces of Bowie as the pair worked together to reinvent his image time and time again across the decade.
Proud Chelsea will showcase the last remaining signed collection of Duffy’s photographs of David Bowie, a compilation which embody the artistic eye of the photographer and Bowie’s unique innovation and influence. ‘Bowie by Duffy’ will be a tribute to a musical innovator, cultural icon and a legend of revolutionary music, art and style.*linebrake*
1st December 2016- 3rd January 2017
Proud Galleries is thrilled to announce ‘Reality is a Dirty Word’, a captivating look at post-war London through the lens of one of the country’s greatest filmmakers, Ken Russell. Russell’s unique and candid photographs of 1950s Britain capture significant moments of humour and pure humanity during a time of adversity and when the future seemed uncertain. This unique exhibition of original prints signed by the late Ken Russell is a candid insight into lost London through the eyes of one of Britain’s most exuberant characters.
Russell was a fearless eccentric who went on to make ground breaking works as “the wild man of British cinema”. But prior to earning his iconic status as a film director, Russell forged a career as a photographer in 1951, photographing humorous scenes which were in stark contrast to the austere feel of post-war recovery. For six years his work appeared regularly in publications such as Illustrated Magazine and Picture Post. Sometimes poignant, occasionally surreal and frequently funny, Russell’s photographs capture all the irreverence and unconventionality of outlook that would characterize his work as a filmmaker.
Throughout his time as a photographer, he used his cinematic eye to create mini-dramas out of ordinary mundane moments. Speaking of his work, Russell said, "In a way I was making still films. Some of the photographs were catch-as-catch-can, but I learnt the value of the perfect composition.” Russell’s lens lends itself captivatingly to scenes that range from the everyday to the wholly bizarre, including men on penny-farthing bikes, a landlady in Hyde Park breaking archaic regulations, children dressed in adult’s clothes and a dancer wearing an upturned hip bath like a tortoise shell.
Russell would capture everyday scenes he encountered, producing some of Britain's most significant records of street life during the aftermath of the Second World War. These quiet portraits are an unexpected and exceptional historical record, documenting the fashions, the cultures and most importantly the people during this shifting time, including a series called The Last of the Teddy Girls, which feature a group of girls who rejected the new post-war feminine fashions and instead took on a more androgynous look. There is a surprising innocence to Russell's photographs, where he used bomb-sites as backdrops to his scenes, capturing children climbing walls and mischievous boys clambering through fences in their makeshift playground.
Proud Chelsea will showcase an exclusive collection of rare, signed prints which embody the rebellious and quirky nature of Russell and reveal both the attitude and innocence of 1950’s youth. ‘Reality is a Dirty Word’ will exhibit Russell’s last signed body of work, illustrating a beautiful and honest insight into the repercussions of World War Two in Britain. *linebrake*
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.” *linebrake*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.
17th October - 30th October
In 1991 when The Big Issue launched they didn’t realise they were starting a publishing and social revolution. From the magazine’s fledgling launch, distributed from the back of a van in London; over 200 million copies later, this innovative concept publication has changed the lives of thousands of homeless people through their simple ‘A hand up, not a hand out’ mantra. The Big Issue provides vendors with a platform to achieve life-enhancing steps forward in their journeys away from poverty and social exclusion.
The exceptional growth and sustained social impact of the magazine over the last 25 years is to be commended with a special Big Issue 25th anniversary exhibition. 'Up from the Streets' will feature Big issue covers, photographs and incredible moments across the decades and celebrates the individuals who brought the pages alive and will visually capture the stories and the history of this iconic magazine spanning its 25 year history.
Limited edition, signed work by Bryan Adams, Andrew Cotterill, Louise Haywood-Schiefer, Jeff Leyshon, Libi Pedder, Heiko Prigg and Wendy Pye will be available to purchase, with proceeds going to The Big Issue. A quarter of a century after launching, The Big Issue has presented the most marginalised in society with a means of making a living and a stepping stone from poverty into building their own micro enterprise. The magazine is proud to have helped battle poverty in ways a generation of splintered government policies couldn’t.
The Big Issue, now an essential and subsequently award-winning publication acknowledged for its campaigning zeal, honesty and truthfulness has shown that a publication marketplace existed on the street; a revolutionary business solution created in response to the social issue of homelessness. The Big Issue has succeeded over the decades because of the enterprising men and women who have contributed creatively and crucially those going out on the streets every day, in all-weather to sell the magazine, grabbing the opportunity to integrate back into society at often the bleakest of times.
The Big Issue 'Up from the Streets' 25 Years of a Publishing Revolution launches at Proud Camden on the 19th October - tickets for the launch night available via bigissue25.eventbrite.com All proceeds to The Big Issue.
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.
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.
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. *linebrake*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.
23rd June - 7th August 2016
This summer, Proud Chelsea is pleased to introduce Pure Evil on the Kings Road, an exhibition of original artworks by leading British street artist Pure Evil. This collection explores the cultural history of the infamous Kings Road, documenting icons of the swinging sixties, all of which played their part in London’s creative explosion.
Charles Uzzell-Edwards, better known as Pure Evil, takes inspiration from 60s icons with Warhol-esque portraits of Mick Jagger,Twiggy and Jane Birkin showcasing doomed and dripping portraits. These pieces feature his trademark 'tear' emblem which justifies his artistic excursions into the darker side of people and their social ills. This amalgamation of humour, art and malevolence is captured throughout this portrait of the Kings Road. From the early 1960s, Chelsea was a hubbub of creative activity and the epicenter of Swinging London. It was frequented by a large community of literary figures and artists, moving through the 70s and 80s with the*linebrake*birth of the British punk movement and the opening of Vivienne Westwood's infamous ‘SEX’ shop alongside husband Malcolm McLaren.
Pure Evil fell into the group behind Banksy’s “Santas Ghetto” and started producing dark new prints and artwork, a style which has cemented the artist as a fearless image maker extraordinaire. When asked why these icons are crying, he has said “It’s an illustration of the heartbreak and sadness we have all experienced in relationships in the past.” To understand a bit about Pure Evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas Moore, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this background it is only natural that Pure Evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.
In this never before seen exhibition, Proud Chelsea will celebrate the cultural importance and significance of street art, whilst revealing Pure Evil’s trademark tongue in cheek style of contemporary art which has since inspired a cult following. This exhibition will revisit the creative contemporaries who made the Kings Road legendary and commemorate Pure Evil’s unique street art sensibility that is admired and collected globally.
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.
7th April - 19th 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.
11th February - 3rd April 2016
Proud Galleries is thrilled to announce 'James Hunt: Girls, Beer and Victory', an exhibition celebrating 40 years since Hunt’s 1976 Formula One World Championship win and showcasing historic photographs of the British playboy racing driver.
This exhibition chronicles the impassioned rivalry between Hunt and Ferrari’s Niki Lauda as they battled it out for the 1976 Championship. After a controversial and intense season, which saw Hunt disqualified twice and re-instated as the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix and Lauda’s near-fatal crash in Nurburgring where his car caught fire, Hunt was able to close the gap. At the final dramatic race in Japan, Hunt attained the Formula One World Drivers Championship title in 1976 by just one point.
Working in partnership with Sutton Images, this collection of photographs, captured by David Phipps, charts the highs and lows of Hunt’s extraordinary career and his journey to World Champion. From his early days in Formula 3 to his move to McLaren and his renowned rivalry with Niki Lauda, through to his legendary victory in the Formula One World Drivers Championship, this exhibition reveals candid moments in both Hunt’s racing and personal life.
The Phipps collection spans the history of Formula One from 1960-1985, capturing some of the most memorable and iconic moments in racing history. He began documenting Formula One in 1960 as a photo-journalist and soon became on first name terms with all the drivers, teams and media, travelling on the same flights and staying in the same hotels. As a result he was able to capture candid and personal behind-the-scenes photographs of Hunt.
Proud Chelsea is honoured to present this stunning collection of photographs commemorating Hunt’s turbulent life lived to the limit, where he overcame the odds to triumph in one of the most dramatic championship battles in Formula One history.
3rd December 2015 - 10th January 2016
In celebration of Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Proud Chelsea presents Sinatra at 100: A Century in the Making, a personal and intimate collection of rare and unique photographs from the Sinatra Family Archive. This official exhibition captures self-portraits taken by Sinatra himself in his early formative years, through to never before seen photographs of the golden era of Sinatra by celebrated photographers Terry O’Neill, Ken Veeder and Milton Greene.
Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, Amanda Erlinger, began archiving the vintage photographs from her Grandmother, Nancy Sinatra Senior’s, family photo albums alongside hundreds of photographs in Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Amanda pledged to uphold Sinatra’s legacy and share with others this remarkable work revealing both the public and private man. Remembering the day she first saw the picture that her grandfather took of himself, reflected in the medicine cabinet mirror at his apartment in 1938, Amanda said “He took a selfie!” And her grandmother asked her, “What’s a selfie?”
In addition to these family photographs, some of which have only been discovered in recent months, the exhibition will also reveal photographs of Sinatra in his heyday, with candid shots taken by a number of legendary photographers from the era such as: Milton Greene, David Sutton, Ed Thrasher, Ken Veeder, John Bryson, Sid Avery, Allen Grant and others. These images of one of the century’s most enduring icons were used on album covers and as publicity shots of Sinatra on stage, in the studio and just relaxing with his friends. Many of these photos were commissioned by Sinatra’s record labels and are being released as fine art prints for the first time after being discovered in the respective archives of Capitol Records and Warner Music.
Terry O’Neill’s discerning eye, captures a relationship spanning three decades. Sinatra allowed O’Neill’s camera to follow his every move on the road, at home and backstage. O’Neill remembers his first photograph, probably his most famous shot ever, of Sinatra walking with his entourage to the film set on the Miami Boardwalk. O’Neill passed Sinatra a letter, he opened it, read it, crumpled it up in his pocket and turned to this security men and said, “this kid’s with me”. Experimenting with photography, learning how to use a camera and developing his own photographs was something Sinatra enjoyed and when reflecting on this shoot O’Neill said, “Sinatra was a very good photographer himself. He knew about lighting and composition so subconsciously he might have been helping me a bit in some shots.”
Proud Galleries have collaborated with The Sinatra Family Archive, 1966 Americas and Frank Sinatra Enterprises to bring you this unique and historic collection of vintage and modern fine art prints showing the man and the music marking his centenary year.
26th November - 6th December 2015
Proud Camden is pleased to announce 'Resonators’; a captivating and unique insight into some of the world’s most respected guitarists by renowned music photographer, Scarlet Page. This exhibition features never before seen photographs and will launch in conjunction with Page’s highly anticipated limited-edition book of the same name.
Scarlet Page, the daughter of Led Zeppelin legend, Jimmy Page, is acclaimed internationally for her fresh, documentary styled work. This exhibition provides an intimate look into the iconic names and faces who have transformed the world of rock guitar. Page’s personal approach has produced timeless portraits of the resonators, capturing “a sense of intimacy due to the trust bestowed on me”. Taken behind-the-scenes, this candid exhibition reveals the sides of guitar legends rarely seen.
Page has traced the world’s most respected guitarists from 60s Merseybeat through to Rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal and Britpop to today’s musicians. Amongst the guitarists featured are Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Albert Lee, Brian May, Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler, Wilko Johnson, Jack White, Joe Walsh, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Slash of Guns N' Roses and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.
Resonators by Scarlet Page will showcase a remarkable collection of portraits taken over the past two years, during Page’s personal quest to travel the world and capture some of the most influential living guitarists.
28th October - 22nd November
Proud Galleries is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of our first book ‘Drawing Blood’ by Graham Humphreys, England’s greatest living horror film artist. This definitive monograph of horror art is a must have for any horrorcore aficionado and offers a vibrant insight into critically acclaimed, cult 80s horror films, including Nightmare on Elm Street and the Evil Dead series, with an enticing, nightmarish collection of iconic artwork, carefully complied and presented together for the first time.
Renowned British illustrator Graham Humphreys was at the forefront of a cultural shift that the genre experienced in the 1980s, as special effects finally caught up with the gory imaginings of horror fans and film makers. Behind the most renowned promotional material for cult horror films, Humphreys’ unique and distinctive mixture of rich, colourful artistry and the lurid phantasms he conjures up with wit, skill and imagination, transgress the boundaries between the imaginary and real.
The luxury collector book, limited to 500 copies and with contributions by celebrated director Sam Rami; author, journalist and critic Kim Newman and The Damned’s guitarist Brian James, will launch alongside a landmark exhibition of the same name at Proud Camden showcasing the original artwork of Humphreys’ extensive back catalogue of exceptional and highly valued artwork.
Proud Galleries is thrilled to present this magnum opus of one of today’s the most influential horror film artists, as we bring you an inside look into the most celebrated films of the genre with this extraordinary anthology by the last master of horror art.
16th October – 22nd November 2015
Proud Galleries is thrilled to present Courting The Stones: Photographs by Michael Cooper, an exhibition which documents The Rolling Stones during the peak of their creativity in the swinging sixties. Dubbed the ‘court’ photographer of The ‘Stones due to his close friendship with lead guitarist Keith Richards, Cooper acquired a unique position from which to photograph the radical young band, capturing moments that would usually stay hidden.
In 1964 Michael Cooper was introduced to musical and creative heavyweights through the art dealer and gallery owner Robert Fraser, also known as ‘groovy Bob’ due to his influential position within London’s cultural scene, and quickly became immersed in the creative milieu of the era. Cooper’s studio in Chelsea became a hub of activity, attracting the most creative people of the day known as the ‘Chelsea Set’. This set was formed of artists, photographers and musicians. The script writer, Donald Cammell, was also part of this group, resulting in Cooper being part of the scene portrayed in his film Performance. According to New York art director, Al Vandenberg, the energy in the studio was electric. Being part of Cooper and Fraser’s ‘set’ meant being aware of current developments in gallery art and in the contemporary cultural scene.
Photographing artists such as Andy Warhol, Eric Clapton, Peter Blake and Jean Genet, Cooper’s approachable and friendly personality alongside his unmistakable talent allowed him to capture the tumultuous lives of the stars that surrounded him. Cooper was one of the few people to develop relationships with both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles at the same time. He was responsible for the front cover photos of both the 1967 LP Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones 1967 LP Their Satanic Majesties Request.
Cooper’s natural, nonchalant style of photography mirrors the gestalt of its era, offering a candid insight into the lives of The Rolling Stones both on and offstage. As a friend and occasional roommate of Richards, Cooper was able to record every aspect of his life, disrupting the stereotypical image of the rock ‘n’ roll icon and revealing the human behind it.
For the ten years up until his death, between 1963-1973, Cooper was a member of the Stones’ inner circle. The resulting collection of rare vintage photographs, hand printed by the late Michael Cooper in his infamous Chelsea Manor Studio will be exhibited at Proud Chelsea - close to where the illustrious studio once stood. The exhibition, curated by Cooper's son Adam Cooper, provides a rare view into the life, loves and scandal of one of the most prolific and taboo busting rock bands in history.
18th September – 25th October 2015
Proud Camden is thrilled to present Jimi Hendrix by Eddie Kramer, an unseen photographic portrait of the psychedelic rocker whose shredding of musical genres and pure technical mastery altered our very musical vocabulary. This intimate collection marks the 45th anniversary of Hendrix’s tragic and untimely death, whilst paying tribute to his creative genius.
Captured by the illustrious record producer and photographer Eddie Kramer, who described his creative collaborations with Hendrix in the studio as ‘a roller coaster of intensity that never stopped’, this exhibition shines a spotlight on those recording sessions, moments of curious experimentation and groundbreaking live gigs which shaped the sound of a generation, from the inside.
Jimi walked into London’s Olympic Studios in early 1967, just after the release of his debut hit single and met the senior engineer, Eddie Kramer. Kramer and Hendrix went on to form a closely collaborative relationship, whereby Kramer learnt to interpret Hendrix’s synesthetic descriptions of sounds and colours, creating an entirely new musical palette from which to produce the ‘sound paintings’ that eventually constituted Hendrix’s three studio albums.
Kramer’s position behind the glass of the recording studio offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to view Hendrix; the most prolific, innovative and visionary musician of all time, where the camera comes as close as possible to recording the reverberations of those truly ground-breaking sessions. Hendrix’s searing political performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival and the intensity of his recording sessions at Olympic Studios are underscored by shots capturing his sharp sense of humour in moments of downtime – described by Kramer as: “never too stoned to work diligently.”
Capturing the magical moments where Hendrix is composing, experimenting and recording a track, Kramer’s images come as close as possible to opening a window into the creative genius of Jimi Hendrix and the world that he saw, in all its vivid colour.
21st August - 4th October 2015
Proud Chelsea is thrilled to present Led Zeppelin from the Beginning, an exhibition which traces a truly experimental and innovative moment in rock ‘n’ roll history; from the initial formation of The Yardbirds, through their various reincarnations and music experimentations, to the musical venture led by Jimmy Page which rose out of their ashes. Initially predicted ‘to go down like a lead balloon’, Led Zeppelin, the most enduring and prolific rock band of all time, was born.
Often considered the training ground of three of rocks greatest guitarists; Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds were pioneering in their fusion of R&B, blues, pop, rock and experimental psychedelic music. Chris Dreja, a former Yardbird, turned down the position of bassist in Led Zeppelin to pursue his passion for photography and went on to capture his former band-mates as they gained international critical and commercial success. Dreja’s portraits of Jimmy Page and Peter Grant during the final leg of the Yardbirds’ tour viewed alongside Led Zeppelin’s early promo shoots provide a stunning visual history between the bands and trace burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll movement of the late 60s and early 70s.
The previously unseen evolution of Led Zeppelin, from their first ever performance as the New Yardbirds at Gladsaxe Teen Club photographed by Jørgen Angel, to the raw, carnal stage presence captured by Lynn Goldsmith, to the histrionic, thunderous performances and the bacchanals offstage photographed by Michael Brennan, is laid bare in this truly retrospective exhibition. *linebrake* *linebrake*Sitting on a speaker on stage in Denver Coliseum in March, 1970, Dan Fong, a photographer and production co-ordinator, witnessed the dynamism of a Led Zeppelin performance the first time. Blown away, Fong photographed the band, capturing something of their raw, animal, yet almost mystical musical experimentations. This sense of spiritualism is evident in Terence Spencer’s atmospheric images of Robert Plant wandering the woods of Wales, a place he described as ‘an undistorted mirror’ where he found inspiration for song writing. Finally, Michael Putland’s images of the foursome on their final tour of the US in Madison Square Garden provide a close up look at rock ‘n’ roll icons at the pinnacle of their success with an immediacy which conveys the visceral nature of the band’s performance.
Showcasing an eclectic and diverse range of works from an era when rock music was changing the rest of the world, Led Zeppelin from the Beginning, is not one to be missed.
23rd July - 13th September
Proud Camden is pleased to present Masters & Luminaries; an iconic series of images from the 20th century’s most illustrious photographers. Shedding light on our extensive archive, Masters & Luminaries reveals the faces and photographers at the heart of Proud Galleries’ 20 year history.
From the stars of Hollywood’s golden age, to the muses of Andy Warhol’s Factory, to the trailblazing rock ‘n’ rollers who ripped up the musical rulebook, this exhibition showcases the personalities whose creativity, spontaneity and nonconformity changed the world. This unique exhibition provides an opportunity to view the works of legendary photographers such as Brian Duffy, Brian Aris, David McCabe and Eric Swayne alongside each other, giving an insight into the true gestalt of this age of optimism and hedonism. Shadowing and often partying with the icons of the swinging sixties and seventies, these pioneering photographers captured both the histrionic sense of performance of the age, and the intimate moments which made up the reality of the lives of its most famous faces.
Masters and Luminaries sheds a light on the fluctuating division between the personal and the professional at a time when the careers of supermodels, film-stars and musicians alike were often deeply intertwined with the aesthetic vision of photographers. After a chance meeting with a then 15 year old Twiggy, Justin De Villeneuve launched the world’s first supermodel, his images providing an insight into the process of cultivating a true fashion icon. Conversely, Brian Aris’s early punk shots of Debbie Harry appear to be a photographic response to, or reflection of, her liberal performance rituals, intoxicating stage presence and stylistic experimentations. Finally, it is John Byrne Cooke who provides a rare glimpse into the personal life of poet and musical genius, Bob Dylan. As a fellow folk musician, Cooke offers us an intimate portrait of Dylan, capturing relaxed moments with friends and family and quiet moments of reflection that would usually remain hidden.
Also featuring Brian Duffy’s revolutionary Aladdin Sane ‘Eyes Open’ outtake, David McCabe’s candid shots from inside Andy Warhol’s notorious Factory and Gijsbert Hanekroot’s captivating photos of the Rolling Stones during their explosive success, this exhibition provides a truly multifaceted look at the birth of pop culture itself.
18th June - 8th August
Proud Galleries is proud present The Beatles: Rare and Unseen, an exclusive exhibition featuring the most iconic photographs of the Fab Four, featuring work by Robert Whitaker, Iain MacMillian, Jürgen Vollmer and Brian Duffy, amongst others. Launching this summer at Proud Chelsea, this unique collection defines the lasting visual impact of the band that continues in our collective cultural memory today.
Emerging from Liverpool in the early 1960s, the band startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them. Their arrival triggered a musical revolution, as they introduced a modern sound and image that parted ways with the world of the previous decade. The Beatles: Rare and Unseen documents this astonishing journey; as the band defined, changed, and then redefined their public image throughout their career.
The exhibition showcases a diverse range of works, including images from renowned photographer Robert Whitaker and the last remaining signed photographs from the legendary Abbey Road Sessions by Iain MacMillan. From candid shots taken during the early 1960s of the Beatles in Hamburg by Jürgen Vollmer, when they were still sporting Elvis quiffs, ducktails and black leather jackets; to last remaining signed prints of the foursome salvaged from the bonfire of the legendary Brian Duffy, this exhibition is a true retrospective, spanning the extraordinary career of this pioneering group.
This powerful exhibition, showing the multiple facets of the band that, in less than a decade, changed Rock 'n' Roll forever, is on show at Proud Chelsea.
11th June – 19th July 2015
Proud Camden presents The End of Generation X, an exhibition of previously unseen images of London’s early punk scene by photographer Andy Rosen. In storage since the early 80s and only recently re-discovered by the artist, these candid shots will shed new light on this iconic era for British music.
Andy Rosen started out as a music photographer working as a staff photographer on Record Mirror and Sounds during the burgeoning punk scene in the mid-1970s. As a friend and cohort of many who went on to become the biggest names in punk, Rosen had unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the musicians and artists of London’s early punk scene.
Loved and hated in equal measure but certainly impossible to ignore, punk was born out of the social unrest of 1970s England. It was during the scorching summer of 1976 that the movement gained notoriety as The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash were beginning to ignite the imagination of the disenchanted youth.
A young Boy George pre-Culture Club, working the cloakroom at Soho’s Blitz Club; outtakes from the cover shoot for The Jam’s ‘Setting Sons’ album; a slew of live shots of The Clash at the cusp of the band’s explosion onto the punk scene and intimate portraits of Johnny Rotten are among the photographs that are to be exhibited publicly for the first time. Interestingly some of these iconic images were nearly lost forever after unprocessed film reels left in Rosen's bag were rediscovered and processed three decades later.
Proud Camden is pleased to bring you The End of Generation X, a captivating insight into the spirit of raw rebellion and individual expression of the most incendiary era in music history.
23rd April - 7th June 2015
Proud Camden is pleased to bring you New Order by world-renowned music photographer, Kevin Cummins. Launching in conjunction with Cummins’ book of the same name published by Rizzoli, this rare collection is the definitive photographic portrait of the legendary band who achieved mainstream success while retaining their cult status.
Cummins had been the most trusted photographer of Joy Division in the 1970s and helped to define their public image, before it all came to an abrupt and agonising end with the death of front man Ian Curtis. The three surviving members of Joy Division, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris joined Gillian Gilbert and formed a new band from the ashes of the tragedy. Combining elements of post-punk, new wave and electronic dance music, New Order would be responsible for some of the biggest hits of the era.
Uniquely placed to document the rise of New Order, from their formation in 1980 to their split in 1993, Cummins’ long-term friendship gave him unparalleled access to the band and captured the band in every light. From underground beginnings as the flagship group of Factory Records in Manchester and intimate studio shots to the frenetic energy of live performances and grandstand tours around Europe and America, Cummins captured a broad and unfettered view of the band.
The revolution that Joy Division created and were at the heart of, not differentiating between rock and dance music, has been continued with New Order. Proud Camden is thrilled to continue this story of transformation and rebellion with this extraordinary and intimate exhibition; a true celebration of a band whose influence on music and fashion is still palpable today.
5th – 17th May 2015
The Strand Gallery is proud to present Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits; a new exhibition of the legendary masked men of metal from Des Moins, Iowa, captured by renowned British rock photographer Paul Harries. This exhibition, launching in conjunction with Harries’ book of the same name, endorsed by Slipknot and published by Omnibus Press, features both previously unseen and iconic photographs of this captivating band.
Slipknot has successfully retained a mystique that has remained unprecedented in the world of heavy-metal. Paul Harries has been working with Slipknot since 1999, before UK audiences had experienced anything quite like ‘The Nine’s’ spectacular live shows. Granted unparalleled access, Harries has captured this extraordinary union mid-air, on fire, on stage, backstage, on set, on the road and in studios around the globe and this outstanding collection grants you an unforgettable meeting with the men behind the masks.
The Strand Gallery is thrilled to bring you these astonishing photographs, documenting the bizarre journey of one of the World’s most significant metal bands. This exhibition, along with Harries’ book, serves as a remarkable insider’s view into this deeply private and intriguing band.
4th March – 5th April 2015
Proud Galleries is delighted to present McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows by renowned British photographer Gary Wallis, an exquisite, never before seen archive of Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen’s scandalous early forays onto the global fashion stage. Launching in conjunction with Wallis’ book of the same name, the debut publication from Big Smile, this intimate collection, hidden away for the past twenty years, marks the fifth anniversary of McQueen’s tragic and untimely death, whilst paying tribute to his dark genius.
Wallis first met McQueen whilst they were fellow students at Central Saint Martins. The young fashion designer asked Wallis to document the catwalk show of his now legendary 1992 MA Graduate Collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’. In the crowd that night was the fashion-mad English aristocrat, Isabella Blow. Blow bought the entire collection, becoming his muse and greatest champion.
McQueen and Wallis would continue to collaborate over the following years, capturing his breakthrough ‘Highland Rape’, the controversial collection that made McQueen’s name in 1995. Wallis documented a true insider’s view into the genesis of a genius.
In those three short years, McQueen conquered London and was hailed as the future of British fashion. These remarkable photographs will give you an intimate look into McQueen at home and backstage, preparing for the shows that came to launch and define his legendary career.
Proud Galleries is thrilled to bring you this personal insight into the lawless and irreverent life of Alexander McQueen, celebrating a rare moment in time, as this young Londoner became the rebel king of British fashion, pushing the boundaries of convention and reinventing the catwalk, unleashing shock and awe onto the fashion elite.
29th January - 1st March 2015
Proud Galleries is thrilled to announce the upcoming exhibition A Life with The Royal Ballet by ex-dancer and celebrated British photographer Colin Jones. Featuring never-before seen vintage prints, this intimate photographic portrait, taken over the past fifty years, presents a unique and extraordinary perspective of life with the world's most famous and fêted ballet company.
Born in 1936, the son of an East London printer, Jones’ creative life has followed an unorthodox path. When he was sixteen the Festival Ballet came to Jones’ school to recruit new dancers. A natural athlete, he found he was also a talented dancer and, with encouragement from his ballet teacher, applied for and won a coveted scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in 1953. He deferred his place for one year due to National Service, before finally joining the school in 1954 where he would spend the next ten years. By chance, this was same time that choreographer Kenneth MacMillan was creating some of his most pivotal and controversially new ballets, inspired by the young ballerina Lynn Seymour, whom Jones later married.
It was whilst on tour in Australia in 1958 that Jones bought his first camera while running an errand for Dame Margot Fonteyn. Obsessed with capturing his work life, Jones photographed his fellow dancers both on and off stage, his close friendships with people such as Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Ninette de Valois and of course Lynn Seymour, allowed him to document the golden era of The Royal Ballet with delicacy and candour.
Following the phenomenal critical and public acclaim received by 2011’s Fifty Years of The Royal Ballet, this exhibition documents life with the Royal Ballet, captured with marvellous intimacy and wit.
November 6th 2014 – January 11th 2015
Proud Camden presents Assassinated Beauty; a collection of iconic photographs of the most iconoclastic band of the late twentieth century, Manic Street Preachers. The exhibition will mark the launch of Kevin Cummins latest book of the same name and captures the essence of a band that understood and manipulated androgynous and decadent imagery.
In the early nineties the Manics exploded onto a British music scene at the peak of rave and acid house. These disaffected and fiercely political young men from the Welsh valleys redefined a new-era by experimenting with alternative glam-rock music. Seminal music photographer Kevin Cummins was ideally placed to capture the essence of the band in their most uncompromising, glam-fixated early years.
Cummins first met the Manic’s on a shoot for NME in Paris in 1992. He went on to photograph not only their first cover of the magazine but also captured the band in their rise to fame. The exhibition documents the period just before the release of Generation Terrorists in 1992 up to Holy Bible in 1994 and the subsequent disappearance of guitarist and lyricist, Richey Edwards and includes never seen before photographs of the band on and off stage alongside studio shots while they were recording their early singles Motown Junk, You Love Us and Stay Beautiful.
Proud Camden is thrilled to bring you Assassinated Beauty, a unique collection of photographs which shows the Manic Street Preachers whilst at their creative zenith and is the definitive portrait of one of the last great British rock ‘n’ roll bands.
11th December 2014 – 18th January 2015
*linebrake*This Christmas Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce Rock Gods & Superstars; a collaborative exhibition of the most highly regarded photographers of the 20th Century; Brian Aris, Norman Parkinson, Mick Rock, Justin de Villeneuve, Pennie Smith, Ethan Russell, Eric Swayne, Brian Duffy, Dominique Tarlé and Robert Whitaker. This iconic collection, never-before-seen in one exhibition, will include some of the most famous photographs of all time at the heart of Proud’s rock ‘n’ roll history.
The exhibition will feature nostalgic on and off stage shots of The Beatles and Debbie Harry alongside intimate and surreal portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Marilyn Monroe. From Dominique Tarlé’s photographs of The Rolling Stones at Villa Nellcôte, where they decamped to escape the UK’s punitive tax regime while recording Exile on Main Street to, what is considered by many as the greatest Rock 'n’ Roll photograph of all-time; London Calling by the acclaimed Pennie Smith. This legendary image shows Paul Simonon of The Clash smashing his bass guitar on stage in New York City in September 1979, and distils the power, energy and fury of rock ‘n’ roll in one image. We are honoured to exhibit, as a UK exclusive, several photographs by “the Man who Shot the Seventies”, Mick Rock. From glittery eye makeup to punk chic, Rock captured everyone from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust to his long-time friend and collaborator Lou Reed. His photographs encapsulate the subversive face of rock music from this groundbreaking period, making him the one of the most sought-after photographers in the world.
The exhibition will also include the revolutionary Aladdin Sane Eyes Closed album cover alongside the Eyes Open outtake by Brian Duffy and signed by Bowie himself. These photographs have fast become two of the most recognisable and influential images in popular culture and are widely considered the “Mona Lisa of Pop”. They will be displayed exclusively side by side for the first time.
Whether you are a first time visitor or a Proud Galleries regular, Rock Gods & Superstars will take you on a breath taking journey through the past century with photographs that cover the length and breadth of popular culture and will reignite your passion for some of the most classic portraits of the 20th century.
18th December 2014 – 10th January 2015
*linebrake*The Strand Gallery is delighted to present The Wild Ones by multimedia artist Nick Berkeley; a unique collection of unseen limited edition prints of ‘90s Brit Pop legends Suede. This gritty and often raucous collection has been meticulously captured, treated and reproduced from a film of their legendary concert in May 1993 at The Brixton Academy.
Suede's zenith was in the early '90s when the band unleashed a tidal wave of prodigious musical power and intelligence. Love & Poison, directed by WIZ, is a testament to their incendiary live performances. Nick had been interested in utilising iconic gig imagery for some time and the WIZ footage had been posted online by fans. This proved to be a fertile starting point. Working with downloaded files afforded Nick a degree of immediacy and freedom in deconstructing the material, applying his trademark lush aesthetic in the process.
The resulting photographic prints, signed by the artist and band member Brett Anderson, morph analogue and digital technology in a unique series of re-imaginings. The photographs are at once crude and sublime, reflecting their sweaty, romantic origins.
Despite it being over 20 years since Suede descended on the British music scene to be proclaimed by Melody Maker as “the best new band in Britain”, they continue to be relevant and inspire. The Strand Gallery is thrilled to bring you this unique collection, celebrating the genesis of the band that reinvented and repackaged glam with aggression, controversy and charm.
6th November - 7th December 2014
Proud Chelsea is delighted to present Norman Parkinson: Always in Fashion; an exquisite selection of images celebrating the innovative genius of photographer Norman Parkinson. This daring collection of photographs offers an intriguing insight into the creative mind of the man who transformed fashion photography through his idiosyncratic style and rigorous aesthetic.
Quintessentially British, Norman Parkinson's pioneering career spanned a remarkable 56 years. Turning his back on the stiff formality that had dominated pre-war fashion photography, he took women out into the real world to long-haul exotic locations at a time when air travel was in its infancy, combining enchanting and alluring glamour with his witty eye.
The exhibition charts the transformation from women wearing dungarees and uniformed utility suits at cattle auctions, picking fruit or checking milk quotas to carefully cultivated shoots where Parkinson took the models to breath taking destinations, creating an expansive narrative with the use of unexpected props and unusual juxtapositions. From the hidden country lanes of England to the rich and exotic landscape of India, Parkinson's talents found their fullest expression and this collection of bold portraits conveys a pivotal movement in fashion photography. His work was picked up by leading fashion bibles Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, generating world-wide recognition, ensuring him a well-deserved place at the forefront of the photography world.
Proud Chelsea is thrilled to bring you Always in Fashion, a lavish portrait of Parkinson's long career. From World War II utilitarian fashion features to his spontaneous shots of the Swinging sixties to the sumptuous images he produced in the 1970s and 1980s for Town & Country, this unique collection includes signed, vintage and modern estate stamp prints and offers an inspiring overview of Parkinson’s impressive career.
20th November - 3rd December 2014
Monday to Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Proud Galleries and Sony are thrilled to bring you Studio to Stereo; an exhibition of iconic photographs that go behind-the-scenes and into the studio with some of the world’s most successful and demanding recording artists. The exhibition delivers a true experience of music as the artists intended and delves into the fastidious, compulsive and obsessive measures that artists explore to achieve the perfect sound.
Bringing their different expertise together, Proud and Sony have curated this special collection which span over 50 years. Featuring work by photographers Kevin Westenberg, Frank Lisciandro, Robert Whitaker, Andrew Whittuck, Matt Sav, Chris Walter and John Byrne Cooke alongside special re-mastered tracks by The Doors, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Bob Dylan, this exhibition pays homage to their artistry.
From Frank Lisciandro’s fly-on-the wall photo-session with The Doors while they were making of their final album, L.A. Woman, recorded in the bands offices and workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard, Jim Morrison was reported to have recorded vocals in the building’s bathroom to get the perfect echo, to Matt Sav capturing precious moments with Tame Impala when Kevin Parker refused to reveal the positioning of his snare microphone in the room in which he records lest others emulate it, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to be immersed in the music as the artists intended it to be heard: the clarity of every reverberation, the depth of every note, the sound of the air moving in the space they chose to record in.
Proud Galleries and Sony are honoured to bring you Studio to Stereo, a unique experience of music combining both visual and auditory experiences with this special collection of photographs showing these artists whilst at their creative zenith during these special recording sessions and is a celebration of their genius.
The exhibit features the latest in Sony Hi-Res Audio, from the authentic sound of the MDR-Z7 headphones to the smallest Hi-Res Audio player and the NWZ-A15 Walkman.
3rd September - 2nd November 2014
Proud Galleries is delighted to present Nick Cave: Chasing The Myth, a collection of iconic portraits of the enigmatic front man that span his extraordinary, eccentric and eclectic musical career. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to look back into the shadows of one of today's most transfixing performers.
Bringing together both iconic and unseen shots from David Corio, Andrew Whitton, Steve Double, David Arnoff and Amelia Troubridge: photographers whom each worked with Nick Cave at different stages of his artistic development, the exhibition is a revealing and intimate portrait of one of rock's few singular personalities who speaks so truly from the heart. From shots by Corio of early intense onstage performances in London while fronting his incendiary band The Birthday Party, to more subdued moments during the filming of 20,000 Days on Earth by Troubridge showing Cave's obsessive need to create; each photographer's unique portraiture adds to the rich narrative, encompassing the many characters which collectively make Nick Cave, one of the most revered artistic talents of the past three decades.
Launching in September at Proud Camden in celebration the UK release of 20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about the singer by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Proud Galleries is thrilled to bring you Nick Cave: Chasing The Myth, a vast photographic portrait of the infamous icon, revealing his provocative intelligence and cryptic vision while exploring the risks and gains of surrendering oneself to the rock 'n' roll myth.
11th September - 26th October 2014
Proud Galleries is thrilled to present the world exclusive exhibition Jane and Serge, a collection of photographs documenting the passionate love affair between the French poet-singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin, taken by Jane’s brother Andrew. Launching this September at Proud Chelsea, the exhibition offers a uniquely personal insight into the highly public relationship that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation.
After a fiery meeting on the set of the 1968 film Slogan, Jane and Serge fell passionately in love and spent the next 12 years together in a headstrong, often volatile romance. Their union would produce not only hit records - including Je t’aime… moi non plus, which was denounced by the Vatican and banned by the BBC, and the legendary album Melody Nelson - but also a daughter, Charlotte, who has become a star in her own right. Jane's brother Andrew, an avid photographer as well as an award-winning writer/director, has always been close to his sister and captured their life together, photographing countless personal moments shared by this unlikely pairing of an eccentric French musician and a beautiful English rose who was eighteen years his junior. The photographs selected from Andrew’s family archive offer a wonderfully personal perspective into their relationship behind closed doors, and document this turbulent romance until 1980, the year they parted intimate company.
Although more than 30 years have passed since that separation, the public fascination with their love affair still remains. Proud Galleries is delighted to bring you this unique exhibition that offers an exceptionally nostalgic view into this heady romance that enthralled a generation.
10th July - 2nd September 2014
This summer Proud Galleries is pleased to introduce 45 Revolutions, an exhibition of supersized original paintings and prints of seven inch singles by artist Morgan Howell. This exhibition will celebrate the golden age of 'the 45' and will feature the most important and iconic single sleeves in 20th century culture.
This unique collection of painted singles is set to rekindle the long-standing love affair between music devotees and vinyl. The seven inch single revolutionised the music industry with its recognisable sound quality and thought-provoking artwork. Everyone shares a memory of the time they bought their first vinyl and the obsessive collecting that inevitably followed. In a digital age where the ease of MP3 has replaced the collectible aura of vinyl, Proud Galleries celebrate the format that gave birth to rock n' roll. Vinyl is the physical and emotional manifestation of our musical choices, defining part of our identities, and act as time capsules to special moments in our past.
Artist Morgan Howell celebrates this nostalgic love affair through his supersized art works. His unique mixed-media paintings are approximately fifteen times the surface area of the classic seven-inch singles on which they are based and he unsparingly captures the essence of each sleeve, recreating every little detail down to the crinkles and creases on each record.
Staged at Proud Chelsea on London's historic King's Road, the very heart of the counterculture movement of Sixties London, the exhibition will delve into the bands that drew their musical inspiration from their surroundings in Chelsea at that time. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to David Bowie and The Kinks, this exhibition reveals an insight into the singles that where produced during this period of creativity and freedom that has defined generations of music that followed.
16th - 20th July 2014
Proud Galleries is thrilled to bring you When They Were Gods, a vibrant insight into the musical influences of London based artist William Blanchard aka 'Wildcat' Will. The exhibition follows the monumental success of his 2012 show at our sister gallery The Strand Gallery and shall launch this summer at Proud Camden with an evening of live music scheduled by Blanchard.
An artist in every sense of the word, Blanchard has drawn inspiration from his rock 'n' roll background. This exhibition will showcase his latest body of unseen work; a series of silk screens in which Blanchard elevates his musical heroes to a God-like status. From an ethereal looking David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust to The Rolling Stones before the tragic death of Brian Jones, these screen prints offer a visual insight into the mind and musical stimuli of this beguiling artist.
Blanchard's work is heavily influenced by artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Blake, Joseph Cornell and Richard Hamilton. These influences are omnipresent in his work and Blanchard works in conjunction with formulated interpretations to create an innovative response to pop art. His work is a fusion of simplicity and complexity and, at first glance, appears to have a carefree approach. Yet, after closer inspection, a more purposeful technique alongside an eclectic mix of mediums, including diamond dust, is revealed. Each piece is carefully controlled, while preserving a facade of spontaneity.
Proud Camden is honoured to present When They Were Gods, an exhibition showcasing Blanchard's unique talent and spirit through this series of mesmerising portraits.
14th May – 13th July 2014
In 1964, Motown crossed the Atlantic. After several years of growing US achievements for the small, independent record label from Detroit, the distinctive Motown Sound gained success abroad. In June, Mary Wells’ single ‘My Guy’ became the company’s first chart success in the UK, reaching number five, which was followed in November 1964 by its first UK number one single, the Supremes’ ‘Baby Love.’ The invasion had begun, with promotional visits to London that year by Wells, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and Martha & the Vandellas, paving the way for a full-scale assault in 1965, when the first Motown concert tour came to Britain.
Proud Galleries, in collaboration with EMI, Bravado and Universal Music, are celebrating this extraordinary, culture-shaping movement in musical history with an exquisite photographic homage to the artists that brought soul and R&B to the mainstream. This unique collection chronicles the rise of Motown Records with rare and unseen photographs of Motown’s first UK visitors in 1964, and charts the length, breadth and international success of the label throughout the 60s and 70s. These exclusive photographs show The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder at the peak of their careers. From bold street photographs of Michael Jackson and his brothers enjoying the sights of London to intimate shots of Marvin Gaye joyously embracing his son, this exhibition offers a glimpse at the personalities behind the music.
After fifty years and more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide, founder and visionary Berry Gordy's legendary Motown Records has had a major influence on modern music. Proud Camden's exclusive exhibition is a visual tribute to Berry and the groundbreaking artists who helped define the sound of Motown.
The Proud Galleries’ exhibition signals the start of a year of initiatives under the theme Classic Motown that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown's first international hits which have so inspired music fans and music makers around the world.
8th May - 6th July 2014
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Robert Whitaker's first photo session with The Beatles and the band’s first hysteria-soaked US tour, Proud Chelsea presents The Beatles: Inside and Out. This exhibition is a testament to Whitaker’s unobtrusive approach to photography and offers a candid portrait of one of the greatest and most influential bands at a time of great change; 1964-1966.
Whitaker was swept into the band's entourage after gaining Epstein’s trust when they met during The Beatles 1964 Australia tour. The young photographer initially turned The Beatles manager down when offered the job of photographing the band but he reconsidered after seeing them perform. Whitaker went on to both influence and document the band’s transformation from the floppy-haired Fab Four to a band who were willing to take risks and court controversy. Whitaker became a friend and confidante to the band and these relationships led to the most iconic and enduring photographs of The Beatles ever published. The exhibition features George Harrison whilst filming "Way Out" in London’s Chiswick Park in 1966 alongside the back cover sleeve of “Revolver”, the group's landmark 1966 LP. Whitaker is also responsible for the infamous “Yesterday and Today” aka the “butcher cover” depicting The Beatles clutching joints of raw meat and decapitated children's dolls. John Lennon stated; “It was inspired by our boredom and resentment at having to do another photo session and another Beatles thing. We were sick to death of it. Bob was into Dali and making surreal pictures." Whitaker had originally intended the photograph to be a surreal, satirical pop art observation of the bands fame but the repercussions caused world-wide controversy and EMI quickly withdrew the cover from circulation.
Whitaker’s unlimited access to the most popular band in the world went on to define a generation. The Beatles trusted and believed in his vision. Whitaker's images captured The Beatles in moments of happiness and humour, boredom and fatigue, mischief and creativity. Proud Chelsea is thrilled to present this powerful exhibition, showing the multiple facets of the band that changed Rock 'n' Roll forever.
27th March - 11th May 2014
Proud Camden presents Experiencing Nirvana; marking the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's untimely death. This exhibition, by photographers Charles Peterson and Steve Double, reveals a rare and intriguing insight into one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.
Both Peterson and Double began photographing Nirvana at around the same time, in 1989 when the band had just signed to the Sub Pop label and released their first single ‘Bleach’. They are considered the foremost grunge photographers capturing the birth of the scene and the spirit of Nirvana. Peterson said that the grunge aesthetic was "...a supercharged lifestyle of expression, a familial community made up of ‘stray dogs from every village’ who all had the same aching need for something to do, preferably loud and diverting". After Kurt Cobain's tragic death in 1994, many people felt that the grunge scene had died. These photographs captured the essence of this generation and features iconic genre-defining live images of Nirvana playing onstage alongside never before seen images of the notoriously private band off-stage.
Coinciding with the UK launch of Bruce Pavitt's book of the same name, Proud Galleries is honoured to present Experiencing Nirvana; commemorating the life of Kurt Cobain, the reluctantly anointed "spokesman" for Generation X and Nirvana, who shaped the landscape of popular music while embodying the original, gritty spirit of rock and roll.
6th March - 4th May 2014
To mark the 30th anniversary of his debut and the 20th anniversary of his legacy, Proud Galleries presents the official Ayrton Senna exhibition, an exhilarating celebration of the man considered the world’s greatest racing driver.
Working in partnership with Sutton Images and the Ayrton Senna Institute, this collection of photographs, taken by Keith Sutton, chart Senna’s titanic career. From his beginnings in Formula Ford to his domination of Formula 1 for 10 years until his accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Keith Sutton is indisputably Formula 1’s best known photographer. His relationship with Senna began when the young Formula Ford driver approached Keith in 1981 enquiring if he was a professional photographer. “When I said I was, he said he needed photos of him racing sending to Brazil on a regular basis. On that day he won his first race and I got some great photos of him celebrating on the podium late in the evening”.
So began the working relationship and friendship that would see Keith photographing this prodigious Brazilian talent and handling all his public relations. “From the moment I first photographed him...I knew I was witnessing an incredibly charismatic and talented young racing driver who would one day go on to become one of Formula One’s legends.” As their friendship blossomed, Keith continued to photograph Senna throughout his career both on the racetrack and in more private moments, creating the largest archive of this intense and forceful personality.
Proud Galleries is honoured to present this stunning collection of photographs commemorating the life and incredible talent of a man who would touch the limit and go boldly beyond.
6th February - 23rd March 2014
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of London’s most explosive rock band, Proud Galleries is thrilled to present Fifty Years of The Who. This collection, shot by internationally renowned photographer Colin Jones, chronicles the life of a band regarded as one of the most important British rock groups of all time.
A friendship between Jones and The Who developed while he was photographing the band, which gave him unlimited access to them on the road, backstage and at home. Jones captured the wild on-stage antics of Keith Moon thrashing riotously at his drums, Pete Townshend sitting in front of the guitars he destroyed while performing and John Entwistle at home practising the guitar whilst his mother darns his socks. The intimacy of Jones’ photographs reveal an intriguing personal insight into The Who, hailed as the greatest live band on the planet.
The exhibition shows the youthful exuberance of a band who not only wanted to believe in Rock ‘n’ Roll, but wanted to feel it too. A must-see for fans and photography lovers alike, this unique exhibition sheds new light on one of Britain’s most iconic and most influential bands.
12th December 2013 - 2nd February 2014
Proud Camden is delighted to present Warhol’s Muse by David McCabe; a photographic diary charting the rise of Andy Warhol’s best known Superstar, Edie Sedgwick.
Having been invited by Andy Warhol to document life at The Factory between 1964 and 1965, David McCabe became part of the entourage and took over 2,500 photographs at The Factory and other locations around New York, capturing a pivotal moment in art history. The Factory was the meeting place for artists and musicians during the 1960s where a constant artistic dialogue would take place. While one person was making a silkscreen, somebody else would be filming a screen test. Every day there was something new. While working at The Factory, David witnessed Edie Sedgwick’s meteoric rise within the world of underground film that spilled over into the mainstream.
Warhol met Edie Sedgwick in 1964 and became infatuated with her. “One person fascinated me more than anybody I had ever known,” he said of her. “The fascination I experienced was probably very close to a certain kind of love.” He had a vision for Edie, in which she would become the Queen of The Factory. Edie made a small appearance in two of Warhol’s early films Vinyl and Horse. These brief appearances generated so much interest that Warhol decided to create a vehicle in which she could star. Several films were scripted for her, including Kitchen, Poor Little Rich Girl and most famously Beauty No2. “Edie and Andy”, the non-couple became the couple of the moment and were photographed everywhere together. Their relationship was exploitive on both sides. Edie had everything that Warhol wanted; the high society background, the money and the grace, while Warhol had what Edie craved – fame. Ultimately the relationship could not last and imploded within a year.
David McCabe’s photographs document one of the most tumultuous friendships of the 60s and give us unprecedented access to The Factory and captures Sedgwick’s transformation from private muse to world famous Factory star.
28th November 2013 - 19th January 2014
Proud Chelsea is pleased to present 1963: The Year of the Revolution, a collaborative photographic exhibition of work by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill and Eric Swayne among others. It celebrates the release of a book of the same title by Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve.
1963 saw an extraordinary collision between politics and culture that resulted in a massive social upheaval. In America Bob Dylan was emerging as the poster boy of the revolution, writing songs that would become the soundtrack to the civil rights movement. Dylan was there in Washington when Martin Luther King told the world "I have a dream" electrifying all who listened. In the UK, Beatlemania was taking hold and their music was receiving both commercial and critical success. It was also the year that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards cut their first record as The Rolling Stones and began to build a following who wanted something harder and sexier than what they had heard before. The rise of the Youthquake movement meant for the first time in history these rebellious youths became a commercial and cultural force with the power to command the attention of government and religion which could shape society.
Duffy, O’Neill and Swayne defined the image of this movement with their revolutionary style of photography. Their popularity amongst the in-crowd of 1960’s London gave them a rare insight and allowed them to powerfully document London when it was at the height of cool. Their photographs became a testament to the cultural dynamism of the era in which they were taken. Dominating the London photographic scene and constantly pushing each other to new limits they photographed the 60’s scenesters who transcended their class and background and re-wrote history in remarkable and fascinating ways.
More than five decades on we are still seeing the influence of the changes that 1963 had on the world.
We invite you to come and join us in celebrating this exceptional year of hope and hostility that came to define a generation.
3rd December - 9th December 2013
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Kaiser Chiefs' first performance, Proud Camden is thrilled to present Start The Future Without Me. The exhibition will showcase the original art work produced by cross-media / multi platform visual artist Ross Neil for the album 'The Future Is Medieval'. The exhibition will be launched at Proud Camden and will feature a DJ performance from lead singer Ricky Wilson.
Ross Neil met the Kaiser Chiefs through mutual acquaintances and the band were quickly impressed by his artistic prowess. In preparation for the release of their fourth album, the Kaiser Chiefs asked him to create a painting for each track on the record which would be used as the album artwork. An experiment in reinvigorating the relationship between music and artwork for the internet generation, these paintings took on a life of their own - caricatures of the songs they would represent. Ross said he would "find defining features [of the songs] and magnify them. Sometimes subtly, sometimes grotesquely". Each of the paintings echoes the energy and satirical tone that the band has become so well known for. Ricky Wilson has said of the project; “We wanted this project to be personal; not only for us but also for the fans. It was important that they felt a connection with the album making the experience more special at the end of it, rather than just buying something readymade”.
Released on a wave of excitement, 'The Future Is Medieval' achieved Top 10 status - the band's fourth charted album in six years and saw them pick up Q's 'Innovation In Sound' award and the 'Best Artist Promotion' award at BT Digital Awards along the way.
The exhibition at Proud Camden will be the first time all the images will be displayed together and available these original paintings will be for sale, making this show a must see for any Kaiser Chiefs fan or art enthusiast.
26th September - 24th November 2013
Curated by Emma Blau
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, Proud Chelsea presents Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years, a personal and intimate collection of photographs of The Kennedy Family taken by photographer Jacques Lowe.
When he was only 28, Jacques Lowe became JFK’s presidential campaign photographer and later, personal photographer to the President. This gave Lowe unprecedented access to the private and professional life of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th Century. These images established the Camelot myth in the popular imagination and shaped the public’s perception of the Kennedy family. This exhibition of Jacques Lowe’s photographs recounts the story of these mythical years and a president who, in Lowe’s own words, “empowered each one of us to believe we could make a difference”.
After his death in May 2001, Jacques Lowe's daughter Thomasina pledged to uphold her father’s legacy and share with others his remarkable work. Lowe’s collection of Kennedy negatives were so priceless that no company would insure them, so he had stored them for safety in a vault at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in The World Trade Centre. As the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded, Thomasina faced the difficult dilemma that morning of whether to attempt to get to The World Trade Centre in order to save her father's Kennedy archive: “I chose to look after my own safety, but I am still haunted by the dilemma in which I found myself.” She subsequently campaigned for many months to retrieve whatever might be left of the negatives. The safe was eventually found, strangely intact, but its contents had been destroyed. She says that “from the ashes that I held in my hand that morning I have tried to rebuild my father’s archive”.
The prints in this exhibition are from the Estate of Jacques Lowe’s special collection of vintage and modern fine art prints that were all printed and signed by Lowe prior to his death. The exhibition is accompanied by My Kennedy Years: A Memoir by Jacques Lowe, published by Thames & Hudson, which is available in the Proud Chelsea bookshop.
24th October - 1st December 2013
Proud Camden welcomes you into the strange and magical world of The Behind The Boosh with the official photographic exhibition by cast member Dave Brown. Perhaps better known for his performance as Bollo the Gorilla, Brown is also a talented designer, photographer and once a naan bread. He has photographed his fellow cast members since day one of The Boosh – as it is affectionately known to their cult following – providing a unique insight into the lives and characters of The Mighty Boosh collective.
Magical and sweet, The Boosh was produced first as 3 stage shows which were taken to the Edinburgh Fringe. After their success it became radio series for the BBC before finally galloping onto television screens across the land in 2004. The tales of Howard Moon and Vince Noir, who bicker and try to out-do each other whilst remaining utterly inseparable, the Hitcher, a deranged sea hermaphrodite called Old Gregg, the Crack Fox to name only a few, have enthralled viewers for the past 15 years. They live in a whimsical, weird world with the casual acceptance that anything can and will happen.
The images show the troupes’ journey over 15 years. From early live gigs, filming the TV shows and behind the scenes whilst on tour, Brown’s photographs show it all. They show the madness, the joy, the undisputed friendships – every single one the things that make The Boosh one of the best loved British comedies of all time. "It's genius!" as Vince would say.
9th - 20th October 2013
Proud Camden is pleased to announce Wild Tales, an exhibition of photographs and original drawings by Graham Nash, founding member of 'The Hollies' and later 'Crosby, Stills and Nash'. The exhibition is launching in conjuncture with the release of his classic rock memoir of the same name with an exclusive book signing with Graham Nash on 9th October from 2 - 3 pm to a backdrop of his exhibition.
A legendary singer/songwriter, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer, artist and digital imaging pioneer. Proud Camden is thrilled to host a collection of both Nash's candid and often striking photographs, alongside his bold and strong pastels. The intimate series of photographs feature Joni Mitchell lost in rapture to a melody, Neil Young driving into a distant landscape, David Crosby and other 70s greats. They display a natural spontaneity and a relaxed charm; his images are a true insight into his life on the road. Nash's artwork shows a gentle appreciation for form, having been described as a manifestation of his love of music and art over the past 50 years. Whether he's painting, photographing or writing music, Nash taps into the same energy to find his creative centre - a true artist in every sense of the word.
The signing will take place prior to his live performance later that evening at the Royal Albert Hall. Wild Tales will run from 9th - 20th October at Proud Camden.
12th September - 6th October 2013
Proud Camden presents Amy Winehouse: For You I Was a Flame, an exhibition curated by the Amy Winehouse Foundation with the support of Amy’s family, ahead of the late star's 30th birthday. It kick starts a month of events entitled #Amys30, taking place in Camden throughout September, in support of the Foundation. This month will celebrate Winehouse’s life and career, and raise awareness of the great work being achieved in her name.
Taking place in Camden, the singer’s spiritual home, Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame consists of specially chosen works, selected for their significance to her life and career. From Jake Chessum's 2004 photographic portrait of a fresh faced singer on the road to stardom, to Dean Chalkley's now infamous 2011 NME cover along with candid stage shots by Andy Willsher and Carolyn Djanogly's powerful nude. The images featured paint a tender portrait of a life lived to the full.
The photographs will be shown alongside works donated by leading graffiti artists Mr Brainwash and Bambi, as well as a Gerald Laing piece from Amy’s own collection. For the first time, these works will be joined by a range of paintings and drawings donated by the Winehouse family, making this exhibition a once in a lifetime opportunity to view both unseen and iconic images of an ordinary North London girl who touched the hearts of millions.
"We're all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy's fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways. This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way." - Alex Winehouse
21st June - 1st September 2013
Following 2008’s sell-out exhibition, Proud Camden is pleased to present Withnail & Me: The Finale. Taken by photographer Murray Close, from Camden to Cumbria, this collection of iconic shots and selected unseen prints make up a true celebration of the 80s cult classic ‘Withnail & I’.
In Bruce Robinson’s devilishly quotable and quaffable classic, unemployed actors Withnail and Marwood (Richard E Grant and Paul McGann) decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. However, their plans for a period of relaxation and indulgence are thwarted, by their inability to cope with ghastly weather, frosty locals and the advances of Monty himself.
First call for the world’s most influential film makers and directors, Murray Close was invited to shoot the cast and crew during filming in 1986. The resulting images are a joyous and revealing collection; single shots astutely summarising the weight and comedy of popular skits, and familiar characters caught off camera between scenes. Revisit the pair’s fateful trip to the Penrith tea rooms, Uncle Monty’s sermon on “flora or fauna” and Withnail’s dramatic culinary attempts in the woods with little more than a pair of underpants and a rifle.
Over twenty five years since ‘Withnail & I’ first graced our cinema screens and following the sad passing of actor Richard Griffiths (Withnail’s infamous Uncle Monty), Proud Camden pays tribute to the script, the actors and the photographer behind one of the most iconic films of the 20th century.
1st August - 21st September 2013
Proud Chelsea is pleased to present Icons; an exhibition of the most iconic and influential faces from fashion, music and film shot by some of the most world renowned photographers of the 20th Century.
We have delved into our extensive archive for a nostalgic look at the faces and photographers at the heart of Proud Galleries' 15 year history. It is an opportunity to peruse an exceptional collection of the most classic photography of all time, never seen before in one complete exhibition.
Icons will take you on an awe-inspiring journey through the past century and the photographs that encapsulate the length and breadth of popular culture. The exhibition will include a mesmerising portrait of Twiggy and David Bowie taken by Justin de Villeneuve, an ethereal looking Jane Birkin by Duffy, Terry O’Neill shooting Sean Connery on the set of Diamonds Are Forever and Peter Webb's legendary 'Sticky Fingers' photo shoot. Portraits of icons such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Beatles will also be shown along with a collection of recently discovered early shots of the Rolling Stones.
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.
3rd – 13th July 2013
The Strand Gallery is proud to present Voices from Westminster, a collection of political portraits taken by documentary photographer John Stewart Farrier. Sumptuous black and white photographs taken during, but not exclusive to, Thatcher’s reign; this collection includes images of Harold Wilson, Enoch Powell, Jeffery Archer, Denis Healey, Quentin Hogg, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and many more.
This fascinating portfolio showcases a host of notable (and some controversial) political figures and offers a rare glimpse inside the walls of Westminster. Including previous Prime Ministers Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher and Garret Fitzgerald, Farrier’s collection shows eminent political figures as they are rarely seen; relaxing in their homes, reading papers at their desks and socialising at private events.
John’s ability to capture his sitters at their most comfortable is evident in the charming results on display at The Strand Gallery; some subjects chuckling at the camera, others playing up to their media stereotypes, and in some cases caught mid-gesture while enthusiastically recounting their time in the cabinet. Callaghan has famously boasted of his own portrait, “the art is John Farrier’s, the warts are mine!”
The Strand Gallery invites you to take a tour through the political history of Westminster. This summer, enjoy a unique opportunity to see various Voices from Westminster, past and present, all under one roof!
13th June – 28th July 2013
Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce The Stones and their Scene, a personal and intimate archive from sixties photographer Eric Swayne documenting icons like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the creative contemporaries that made up their infamous social circle.
Eric Swayne's fresh, reportage style -- and open access to the iconic faces of the time -- eloquently evokes the freshness, innocence and hope of that unique era. The Stones and their Scene captures Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts at that precious moment when they were on the cusp of greatness, surrounded by a troop of revolutionary artists, musicians, photographers and models; many of whom were Swayne's friends. Between them they would all play their part in London's 60s creative explosion, and their cultural impact is still felt today. This is a unique and intimate record of that special time, taken from the inside.
Proud Galleries has been given exclusive access to Swayne’s recently discovered archive -- uncovered by Swayne’s son Tom after his passing a few years ago -- meaning this exhibition will unveil several never-before-seen photographs of Stones Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts; David Bailey; and sixties beauties Anita Pallenburg, Chrissie Shrimpton, Patti Boyd, Jane Birkin and Catherine Deneuve.
Swayne’s son Tom says of discovering his father’s collection; “I discovered a beautiful trove of unseen images: Mick shot informally in Dad’s studio, just test shots for a friend, and Keith and Charlie too – a whole series of them fooling around in Dad’s flat with Chrissie Shrimpton. There's Bailey and Catherine Deneuve canoodling in Normandy as newlyweds, Mary Quant fitting a miniskirt on Grace Coddington in her flat in the Kings Road, Vidal Sassoon styling a five-point bob, and Ossie Clark chatting to Anita Pallenberg in the Quorum boutique. Some of the sweetest images are of Pattie Boyd, who Dad dated before she married George Harrison.”
29th May – 16th June 2013
Proud Camden is pleased to present Set in Stone: Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs, an exclusive photographic exhibition to coincide with the release of the Omnibus Press photo book of the same name.
Seminal music photographer Ian Tilton gained unprecedented access to many of the most iconic groups of the 1980s and 1990s. This collection of photographs of The Stone Roses offers a candid and striking view of the band on their journey to international success.
Born from the independent music scene in Manchester in the 1980s, The Stone Roses were quickly championed as pioneers of modern music with their seamless blend of contemporary styles that ranged from acid house to the pop song format of the punk bands that influenced them as teens.*linebrake*Ian Tilton first photographed the band for Sounds Magazine in 1987 in front of a backdrop of guitarist John Squire’s Jackson Pollock style canvases. This marked the birth of a collaboration that would last until the band broke up in 1996.*linebrake*From this, Tilton was afforded the access to capture the band's nonchalance in a way that helped forge their identity as figure heads of the baggy ‘Madchester’ music scene. He would also provide Brown with the inspiration to first pull his infamous monkey face.
Launching in the week that precedes the Stone Rose’s triumphant return to the London stage, the exhibition and photo book offer a window in to the journey of a band as they craft a legend that poised the most anticipated return of any group in recent years.
14th March – 28th April 2013
Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce this stunning exhibition of Sixties London images by celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm. Born in central Europe in 1924, and resident in England since 1939, Bohm is one of the most productive, respected and wide-ranging photographers of our time. Closely involved with the founding of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1971 (and its Associate Director for 15 years); she also founded the Focus Gallery for Photography in Bloomsbury in 1998; in 2009 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society.
This collection, subtle in its beauty and bold in its scrutiny, reveals the photographer’s own vision of 60s London. Bohm first marvelled at London’s skyline in 1939, and remembers it as “a city of spires, domes and palaces!”. After working as a studio photographer in Manchester, she discovered the pleasures of working en plein air in Switzerland in the late 1940s. In 1950, she moved to London but continued to travel widely. After living in Paris and New York in the mid-fifties, she settled in Hampstead, northwest London, in 1956, which remains her home to this day.
In this exhibition – co-curated by the photographer’s daughter Monica Bohm-Duchen, in consultation with Dorothy herself -- Bohm casts her inquisitive eye over a London that is both foreign and familiar. With her trusty Rolleiflex camera, she picks out a mismatched troop of besuited bankers, mischievous schoolchildren and attractive yet curiously isolated women against impressive urban landmarks and more intimate backstreets*linebrake*Speaking of her decision to photograph London extensively during the 60s, she has said: “Almost every area had its own character and I knew I was undertaking a very difficult task. I tried not to be content with just the facade or outward appearance of things. I hoped to penetrate just beyond that, to portray a living London: the people who pursued their daily occupations, walked, talked, ate or relaxed and dressed in the fashions of the time.”
Bohm captures a city of contrasts, where youth culture meets age-old tradition. In retrospect, her visually striking, humane and often witty photographs convey a sense of transience and nostalgia for a vanished era. Collectively, they comprise a unique and very personal portrait of Sixties London.
3rd April – 26th May 2013
Proud Camden is pleased to present Graham Nash: Life on the Road; a collection of rock ‘n’ roll portraits taken by musician, photographer and political activist Graham Nash. Including images of his musical muses, acquaintances and closest collaborators, this intimate series features Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby and other 70s greats.
While best known as a founding member of ‘The Hollies’ and later ‘Crosby, Stills and Nash’; Nash also developed a parallel career as a photographer, collector, and pioneer of digital imaging alongside his music and has produced three photography publications of his own and other’s work. *linebrake*Shot between 1969 and 2003, this exhibition of Nash’s photographs includes revealing portraits of family and friends, images of life on the road, still lifes and landscapes, street photographs, and a unique series of self-portraits.
Nash has said of photography: “I sense the very same energy in photography that I find in music. Through these rock ’n’ roll photos we are conveying what is so difficult to put into words: how the spirit of rock ’n’ roll is mainly an attitude; an attitude of ‘get out of my way, I have something to say here.’ Whether you’re a country singer, a pop, rock, blues, or gospel singer, it makes little difference to the unceasing eye of the camera.”
Proud Camden is thrilled to host Nash’s candid and often striking collection. See Neil Young driving into a distant landscape, Joni Mitchell lost in rapture to a melody and the photographer himself in various experimental self-portraits. The ultimate visual experience for Graham Nash fans.
28th February – 17th March 2013
The Strand Gallery is pleased to announce an exclusive exhibition of Norwegian superband A-ha; a series of stunning black and white images of the band’s intimate and iconic moments from acclaimed photographer Stian Andersen. To the very first photo he took of the band in 1994 to the very last concert on December 4, 2010, Andersen has been closer to the band than any other photographer. Backstage, on stage; in private planes and hotel rooms: all taken with Andersen’s analogue film camera - apparent in the grainy, atmospheric quality of the images - see A-ha as you have never seen them before.
Andersen worked as A-ha´s photographer for ten years shooting the band’s different album covers and promotional photos. To capture the images in this exhibition he travelled with the band across the globe to twenty cities in twelve different countries for a total of 37 concerts: to places like Tokyo, Osaka, Rio, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago De Chile, St Petersburg, Minsk, Moscow, London and New Jersey. He was even there for the recording of their last ever album “Foot Of The Mountain” and the band’s emotional final concert.
Andersen went to the UK and London five times (to different venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena, Heaven and Wembley Arena) to capture six UK A-ha concerts. In this collection - brought to the UK for the first time and based on Andersen’s book A-ha Photographs 1994-2010 - see loyal fans clutching banners, arenas packed with chanting fans and the band performing in the spotlight. Andersen documents the energetic and globally-celebrated reunion of A-ha.”
21st February – 10th March 2013
Proud Chelsea is delighted to present an exquisite retrospective on the life and style of Ossie Clark: a diverse collection of personal shots of the designer at work, and various style icons and rock legends wearing his creations.
Controversial, iconoclastic, quintessentially British, Ossie Clark was the undisputed ‘King of King’s Road', London’s fashion Mecca. Praised for his intuitive understanding of the female form and renowned for the daring and panache with which he mixed and matched prints and fabrics: Ossie’s collections were radically different with an effortless mix of surrealism and pop-art; Hollywood glamour and Soho bohemia.
Coinciding with the launch of Ossie Clark London label this February, Proud Chelsea will be exhibiting vintage gowns and design sketches alongside a collection of rare photographic prints – a true celebration of Ossie Clark. The collection will include images of the designer in Quorum taken by Eric Swayne and casual snaps of Ossie with friends and family (including personal friend and artist David Hockey) taken by Peter Schlesinger.
Also on display are a series of beautiful fashion photography prints from the 70s’ top creatives: ethereal pastel photo shoots of Ossie’s floral gowns from Norman Parkinson; bold frames of Ossie’s acid jumpsuits taken by Robert Whitaker; and psychedelic, out-of-this-world fashion photography from Jim Lee.
With fans like Marianne Faithfull, The Stones, Liza Minnelli, The Beatles and The Who, Proud Chelsea will also exhibit shots of 70s sensation Twiggy in Ossie Clark designs (photographed by early boyfriend, Justin de Villeneuve) and rock legend Mick Jagger in a custom made Ossie Clark jumpsuit, captured on camera by Johnny Dewe Mathews.
A celebration of 70s style in London’s fashion hub, this exhibition documents Ossie Clark’s private moments, greatest creations and his most ardent celebrity fans: The King of the King’s Road Reigns Again at Proud Chelsea.”
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