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16.06.2023 – 25.09.2023

In The Moment: The Art of Music Photography

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A unique free exhibition showcasing key rock & roll images and the photographers who shot them. Discover the stories behind these pictures in the photographers' own words, and explore the evolution of music photography over the last seventy years.

Be it the magical atmosphere of a live gig, defining sessions in the recording studio or candid behind-the-scenes reportage, great photography distils decisive moments for all to see and feel. To mark its 25th year as a unique collective of music photographers is proud to present In The Moment: The Art of Music Photography.

Highlights include Michael Putland’s thrilling shot of Pete Townshend’s guitar being thrown through the air whilst The Who performed at Madison Square Garden in 1979, Jill Furmanovsky’s evocative silhouette of Oasis captured during the making of their video for ‘Wonderwall’ in 1995, a contact sheet of photographs taken by Brian Duffy during David Bowie’s historic ‘Aladdin Sane’ album cover shoot in 1973, and a recent portrait of the Arctic Monkeys by Kevin Westenberg.

Additional legendary performers caught in the moment during a recording session, live gig, or photo shoot include: Debbie Harry, Queen, Biggie Smalls, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse.

This exhibition is free and there is no need to book. It is open during Barbican Library opening hours.

Above image: © Jill Furmanovsky

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