3rd April – 26th May 2013
Proud Camden is pleased to present Graham Nash: Life on the Road; a collection of rock ‘n’ roll portraits taken by musician, photographer and political activist Graham Nash. Including images of his musical muses, acquaintances and closest collaborators, this intimate series features Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby and other 70s greats.
While best known as a founding member of ‘The Hollies’ and later ‘Crosby, Stills and Nash’; Nash also developed a parallel career as a photographer, collector, and pioneer of digital imaging alongside his music and has produced three photography publications of his own and other’s work.
Shot between 1969 and 2003, this exhibition of Nash’s photographs includes revealing portraits of family and friends, images of life on the road, still lifes and landscapes, street photographs, and a unique series of self-portraits.
Nash has said of photography: “I sense the very same energy in photography that I find in music. Through these rock ’n’ roll photos we are conveying what is so difficult to put into words: how the spirit of rock ’n’ roll is mainly an attitude; an attitude of ‘get out of my way, I have something to say here.’ Whether you’re a country singer, a pop, rock, blues, or gospel singer, it makes little difference to the unceasing eye of the camera.”
Proud Camden is thrilled to host Nash’s candid and often striking collection. See Neil Young driving into a distant landscape, Joni Mitchell lost in rapture to a melody and the photographer himself in various experimental self-portraits. The ultimate visual experience for Graham Nash fans.
13th June – 28th July 2013
Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce The Stones and their Scene, a personal and intimate archive from sixties photographer Eric Swayne documenting icons like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the creative contemporaries that made up their infamous social circle.
Eric Swayne's fresh, reportage style -- and open access to the iconic faces of the time -- eloquently evokes the freshness, innocence and hope of that unique era. The Stones and their Scene captures Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts at that precious moment when they were on the cusp of greatness, surrounded by a troop of revolutionary artists, musicians, photographers and models; many of whom were Swayne's friends. Between them they would all play their part in London's 60s creative explosion, and their cultural impact is still felt today. This is a unique and intimate record of that special time, taken from the inside.
Proud Galleries has been given exclusive access to Swayne’s recently discovered archive -- uncovered by Swayne’s son Tom after his passing a few years ago -- meaning this exhibition will unveil several never-before-seen photographs of Stones Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts; David Bailey; and sixties beauties Anita Pallenburg, Chrissie Shrimpton, Patti Boyd, Jane Birkin and Catherine Deneuve.
Swayne’s son Tom says of discovering his father’s collection; “I discovered a beautiful trove of unseen images: Mick shot informally in Dad’s studio, just test shots for a friend, and Keith and Charlie too – a whole series of them fooling around in Dad’s flat with Chrissie Shrimpton. There's Bailey and Catherine Deneuve canoodling in Normandy as newlyweds, Mary Quant fitting a miniskirt on Grace Coddington in her flat in the Kings Road, Vidal Sassoon styling a five-point bob, and Ossie Clark chatting to Anita Pallenberg in the Quorum boutique. Some of the sweetest images are of Pattie Boyd, who Dad dated before she married George Harrison.”
29th May – 16th June 2013
Proud Camden is pleased to present Set in Stone: Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs, an exclusive photographic exhibition to coincide with the release of the Omnibus Press photo book of the same name.
Seminal music photographer Ian Tilton gained unprecedented access to many of the most iconic groups of the 1980s and 1990s. This collection of photographs of The Stone Roses offers a candid and striking view of the band on their journey to international success.
Born from the independent music scene in Manchester in the 1980s, The Stone Roses were quickly championed as pioneers of modern music with their seamless blend of contemporary styles that ranged from acid house to the pop song format of the punk bands that influenced them as teens.
Ian Tilton first photographed the band for Sounds Magazine in 1987 in front of a backdrop of guitarist John Squire’s Jackson Pollock style canvases. This marked the birth of a collaboration that would last until the band broke up in 1996.
From this, Tilton was afforded the access to capture the band's nonchalance in a way that helped forge their identity as figure heads of the baggy ‘Madchester’ music scene. He would also provide Brown with the inspiration to first pull his infamous monkey face.
Launching in the week that precedes the Stone Rose’s triumphant return to the London stage, the exhibition and photo book offer a window in to the journey of a band as they craft a legend that poised the most anticipated return of any group in recent years.
21st June - 1st September 2013
Following 2008’s sell-out exhibition, Proud Camden is pleased to present Withnail & Me: The Finale. Taken by photographer Murray Close, from Camden to Cumbria, this collection of iconic shots and selected unseen prints make up a true celebration of the 60s cult classic ‘Withnail & I’.
In Bruce Robinson’s devilishly quotable and quaffable classic, unemployed actors Withnail and Marwood (Richard E Grant and Paul McGann) decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. However, their plans for a period of relaxation and indulgence are thwarted, by their inability to cope with ghastly weather, frosty locals and the advances of Monty himself.
First call for the world’s most influential film makers and directors, Murray Close was invited to shoot the cast and crew during filming in 1986. The resulting images are a joyous and revealing collection; single shots astutely summarising the weight and comedy of popular skits, and familiar characters caught off camera between scenes. Revisit the pair’s fateful trip to the Penrith tea rooms, Uncle Monty’s sermon on “flora or fauna” and Withnail’s dramatic culinary attempts in the woods with little more than a pair of underpants and a rifle.
Over twenty five years since ‘Withnail & I’ first graced our cinema screens and following the sad passing of actor Richard Griffiths (Withnail’s infamous Uncle Monty), Proud Camden pays tribute to the script, the actors and the photographer behind one of the most iconic films of the 20th century.
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