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Karl Ferris

Karl Ferris grew up in Hastings, England in the 1950s. Ferris became interested in art at a young age studying at Hastings College of Art, focusing on Pre-Raphaelite painting, which later influenced his photographic style of the 1960s. After serving two years with the RAF as an aerial photographer he moved into fashion, shooting for 19, French Mode, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Ferris’s most notable collection of photographs are those capturing Jimi Hendrix and The Jimi Hendrix Experience in what is now known as a psychedelic style. Hendrix invited Ferris to shoot a US version of his album ‘Are You Experienced?’ where upon Ferris began experimenting with colour and lens applications. The use of a fisheye lens and infrared film created a never before seen effect that landed Ferris his first exhibition with Kodak London. He went on to shoot a variety of Hendrix albums as well as a selection for Donovan and The Hollie. Now based in Ibiza, Ferris has moved into film directing and producing. In anticipation of his 2013 book publication, Proud Camden presents The Karl Ferris Psychedelic Experience to conclude 2012.