Barrie Wentzell was born in England, 1942, and studied at Maidstone Art School in Kent during the late 1950s. He learnt the basics of photography during his time at Colour Applications, a photography studio situated in London's Belgravia, where he worked from 1961 to 1962. After meeting his mentor, Maurice Newcombe, his interest in photography developed further and he decided to pursue a photographic career of his own.
His captivating front cover of Diana Ross for The Melody Maker in 1965 earned him a job as exclusive chief photographer at the publication. During his time there (1965-1975) he photographed many then unknown musicians, who would go on to become big names in the music industry.
Wentzell's collection of photographs of The Kinks will be featured in ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ at Proud Central from the 4th October to 18th November 2018.
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