A new exhibition is coming to London’s Snap Galleries from April 28th-June 16th, featuring photos from Gered Mankowitz. Featuring over 100 images (including this 1965 shot of The Rolling Stones at London’s Ormond Yard) from his career and spanning four decades of music photography, this is the largest collection of photographs he has ever exhibited.
Mankowitz took this picture of The Jam under The Westway in 1977. Speaking about the exhibit, he said: “This is my first ever retrospective, and we have gone right back to basics. It is entirely black and white, and every one of the 100+ photographs featured in the exhibition has been made by hand in the darkroom by Barbara Wilson using traditional wet processing from the original negatives.”
“We were very strict – if there was no original negative, then a photograph could not be part of the show,” says Mankowitz. “The resulting 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin photographic prints are simply exquisite: their size really draws the viewer to examine the intricate details up close.” One of the images to make the cut was this Oasis picture, photographed at Besize Park Studios in 1994.
“I have never exhibited or offered my work in this size before, and they really are a delight to behold,” says Mankowitz. This photograph he took of Jimi Hendrix was shot at Mason’s Yard Studio in London in 1967.
This photo of Duran Duran was shot in 1981 at Old Chapel Studio.
“In this digital age where the values of traditional photographic techniques have been eroded, it is very important for me to be able to produce an entire exhibition using traditional methods whilst the individual skills and materials are still available,” says Mankowitz. He snapped this photo of Eric Clapton in Twickenham back in 1969.
Mankowitz took this picture of The Yardbirds at Ormond Yard London in 1966.
Gered Mankowitz is best known for his 1960s photographs of The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, including this shot of Mick Jagger in 1966, taken in London.
Snap Galleries owner Guy White says: “The difficulty we faced… was that Gered has an archive of such incredible breadth and depth that it was a challenge to come up with a final edit of around 40/50 pictures – a typical size for a gallery show – that did proper justice to his body of work.” One image you can find on display is this Generation X photo, taken in 1978.
This photograph of Kate Bush was taken in London in 1978.
Mankowitz also snapped this picture of Free back in 1969 at Mason’s Yard Studio.
This Joe Cocker photograph was taken at Mason’s Yard Studio in 1968.
A photograph Mankowitz took of the Eurythmics in 1981 at Old Chapel Studio.
Mankowitz started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965 and he toured with them later that year in America, producing several album covers for them. He continued working with them on a regular basis until 1967. He took this photograph of Keith Richards in 1966.
Stop by Snap Galleries in London to see more great photographs (like this one of Slade, taken in 1976) by Gered Mankowitz. The exhibit runs until June 16th – visit www.snapgalleries.com for more information.