Rolling Stones photographer in Harrogate exhibition

Marianne Faithful. (Picture by Gered Mankowitz)
Marianne Faithful. (Picture by Gered Mankowitz)

One of rock music history’s greatest photographers is the subject of a major exhibition as part of this year’s Harrogate International Festival Fringe.

Gered Mankowitz : A Retrospective will see the man who has done photo shoots for everyone from the Rolling Stones in their 60s’ prime to The Jam, Oasis and Kate Bush, open the event in person at a special VIP event on Saturday, July 28.

The exhibition is another coup for ultra-cool, rock ‘n roll art gallery RedHouse Originals, which specialises in Pop, Modern and Urban Contemporary Art.

Life has been a whirlwind for McTague and RedHouse co-owner Jon Kendall in the past 18 months, welcoming the likes of Sir Peter Blake and Howard Marks in person to their gallery in the town centre at Cheltenham Mount.

RedHouse’s Richard McTague said: “ We’re really excited about the show, there are some fabulous images by Gered going on display and a total of 102 pictures so it’s a genuinely comprehensive collection.

“We have an extensive feature going in the French magazine Voxpop so word is spreading across Europe!”

The legendary Mankowitz is best known for his 1960s photographs of The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and both subjects feature in this exhibition.

During the 60s he also photographed Marianne Faithfull, Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Small Faces, Donovan, Spencer Davis group and PP Arnold to name a few, before moving into the progressive end of the decade with Free, Soft Machine, Traffic and The Nice.

Gered 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 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.”

Mankowitz continued photographing musicians throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties and beyond. The eclectic range of subjects in the exhibition include Kate Bush, Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks, Sparks, Slade, The Jam, Generation X, Magazine, Duran Duran, ABC, Ride and Oasis. In 2009 Mankowitz was one of the panel of judges for the Sony World Photography Awards sharing the role with some of the most famous names in photography including, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson and Sarah Moon.

In 2008 RedHouse Originals gallery curated Project One: Icons at 108 Fine Art, a group exhibition celebrating the use of iconic imagery in Pop Art and Urban Art that featured artists including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Gerald Laing and Dudley Edwards.

To attend the opening event please contact: 01423 884400 or email info@redhouseoriginals.com

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