Unseen Joe Strummer photograph to go on display in National Portrait Gallery

Never seen image of The Clash frontman to hang in iconic London gallery

The Clash‘s late frontman Joe Strummer will have a never-seen-before photograph go on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery, it has been reported (March 10).

Strummer was one of the UK’s most revered artists, pioneering punk music with his band The Clash and later becoming an ambassador for global music. He had his own area of Glastonbury Festival – Strummerville – named after him as part of the Joe Strummer Foundation charity, set up a year after his passing in 2002.

According to The Telegraph, Strummer’s new image will be included as part of a new exhibition displaying the work of American photographer William Eggleston (running 21 July – 23 October 2016), with further portraits of US acting legend Dennis Hopper and over 100 other works from the photographer. The National Portrait Gallery announced the forthcoming exhibition on Twitter earlier today:


You can view the image of Strummer here.

Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “William Eggleston makes memorable photographic portraits of individuals – including friends and family, musicians and artists – that are utterly unique and highly influential.

“More than this, Eggleston has an uncanny ability to find something extraordinary in the seemingly everyday. Combining well-known works with others previously unseen, this exhibition looks at one of photography’s most compelling practitioners from a new perspective” he went on.

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Last year (November 2015), the first picture of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer in a forthcoming film set in 1970s London was released.


The Match Point and The Tudors actor stars as the punk frontman in London Town, a drama about a teenage boy whose life changes dramatically when his estranged mother introduces him to the music of The Clash. Rhys Meyers’ co-stars in the film include Dougray Scott, Californication‘s Natascha McElhone and Daniel Huttlestone, the 15-year-old actor known for his roles in Into The Woods and Les Misérables.

Director Derrick Borte (2009’s The Joneses starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny) shot London Town in the British capital over the summer, THR reports, and the film is now in post-production.

The film’s producers have secured the rights to use several of The Clash’s songs in the film, including ‘White Riot’, ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ and ‘Clampdown’.

Joe Strummer, born John Graham Mellor, fronted The Clash from 1976 to 1986 and later released several albums with the Mescaleros. He died in 2002 at the age of 50, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. In 2014 a new breed of “hardcore” deep sea snails were named in his honour.