A new exhibition at London’s Snap galleries features classic and unseen photographs of Jimi Hendrix by renowned British photographer Gered Mankowitz. It runs from now until November.
The Experience: Jimi Hendrix coincides with the fortieth anniversary of Hendrix’s death. Head to NME.COM/video for a revealing interview with Gered Mankowitz.
Mankowitz first met Hendrix in 1966, at a gig at the Bag O’ Nails pub on Kingsly Street, Soho. Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were all in the audience. “Everybody was blown away by Jimi,” recalls Mankowitz.
Mankowtitz immediately asked Hendrix and his band to pose for pictures at his London studio. His first impression of the young guitar prodigy? “He was very quiet, shy, almost mumbling. But he was enjoying the attention with a naivety and innocence that was infectious.”
Mankowitz further recalls of his work with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: “The session was continually interrupted by laughter whenever anyone tried to look mean, moody or sexy.”
Gered had two shoots with Jimi Hendrix in 1967 in his Mason’s Yard studio in central London. This now-iconic shot was taken during the first one.
One of Mankowitz’s more heavily treated shots of Hendrix.
Head to NME.COM/video to watch a host of celebrities – including actor Nicolas Cage and synth-pop veteran Gary Numan – pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Meanwhile, check out Matt Bellamy’s guest blog for NME on what Hendrix means to him.
During Makowitz’s original shoot, he only used one roll of film on shooting Hendrix himself. Mostly he shot the band together.
The Experience – Jimi Hendrix runs from 18 September to 6 November 2010.
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