30th August 2012
Photographer Gered Mankowitz is to be the subject of a major retrospective exhibition from 28 July to 31 August at RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate. The exhibition features over 100 photographs from Mankowitz’s entire career, spanning four decades of music photography.
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.
Guy Stevens, London DJ and scenemaker who did so much to promote the Sue Label, is also featured in the show, captured sitting on the floor with his record player with a clutch of Sue label singles, originally shot as part of the cover session for the SUE STORY album.
Mankowitz continued photographing musicians throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties and 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.
“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.”
Gered Mankowitz comments: “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.
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. I have never exhibited or offered my work in this size before, and they really are a delight to behold. 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.”
RedHouse Originals are thrilled to be hosting this major exhibition opening for the first time in the north of England. The exhibition was launched in London in April 2012 at specialist music photography gallery Snap. The legendary Jimmy Page joined Mankowitz to open the exhibition and Mankowitz will also be in attendance for the VIP Opening in Harrogate.
The gallery are also delighted to be working in association with Harrogate International Fringe Festival to bring this special exhibition to Harrogate.
Gered Mankowitz: a Retrospective
15 Cheltenham Mount
Harrogate HG1 1DW