Gered Mankowitz is holding a talk, Rock Photography With Gered Mankowitz, at the British Music Experience at the O2 on Thursday 10th March. Here is some of the rock photographer’s most iconic work, including this shot of Catatonia in London in 1995.
This brilliant shot of ABC was taken in 1982 and formed the cover of their chart-topping debut ‘Lexicon Of Love’.
The Yardbirds shot in London in 1966. Gered Mankowitz says of the group: “One of the great R&B bands of the 60s. This was taken during the brief moment when both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were in the band – a phenomenal combination!”
Mankowitz remembers this iconic shot of Suzi Quatro in 1973. “This is from the first of many sessions I did with Suzi and was the image that launched her career” he recalls.
The Rolling Stones in Primrose Hill, 1996. “This was one of the most important shoots of my career and consolidated my position with the band” Gered Mankowitz recalls. “The original sleeve image was lost at the time and this out-take is one of the few surviving transparencies from the session.”
“I loved working with Slade” Gered says. “We always had a great time together and I shot nearly 40 sessions with them from the late 60s until they broke up in the 90s.”
Sandy Denny in 1974. “This is a press shot from the sleeve session for her album ‘Like An Old Fashioned Waltz’. It was the first time I shot the whole session on large format Polaroid which meant that all the originals have been lost and this is one of the few remaining images to survive.”
Paul McCartney at Decca Studios in London, 1966. Gered: “I never worked with The Beatles back in the day but knew Paul quite well and I took these portraits at a recording session he was sitting in on. This colourised triptych version is one of several I have made for a recent exhibition.”
Patrick Wolf – London 2007. “I really enjoyed working with the very talented Patrick Wolf and this press shoot came out of the cover session for his album called ‘The Magic Position’.”
Oasis – Storm Clouds – Primrose Hill, 1994: “The band had just exploded onto the scene and a magazine wanted me to shoot a cover with them. I thought they sounded like a Stones/Beatles tribute band and suggested a pastiche of my famous ‘Stones Between The Buttons’ cover.
Marianne Faithfull – Salisbury Pub, London, 1964: Marianne had just had a huge hit with her first single ‘As Tears Go By’ and we shot this portrait as an album sleeve, but the record company rejected it because she looked too sexy and ended up using a rather ordinary shot from the same session.
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights – London 1978: “EMI needed a portrait to sell Kate’s first single ‘Wuthering Heights’ and this is what I came up with – it caused a bit of a sensation!”
Eurythmics – Revenge – Paris 1986: “I started working with Annie & Dave when they had ‘The Tourists’ and this cover image for ‘Revenge’ was the last shoot I did with them, although Dave insisted on using a terrible painting that was based on my photo!”
Elton John – Greatest Hits Vol 2 – London, 1977: “This is the first album cover I did for Elton and I subsequently did three others.”
Eric Clapton – Supersession – London, 1969: “This was taken at a TV special that Eric participated in and is the only time I have actually photographed him in spite of subsequently shooting two covers for him.”