For The Record: 60s Pop Through The Lens
A unique new photographic exhibition of the biggest faces in 60s pop seeks to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The exhibition will be held at 5 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QS
from 3rd – 8th June, 9am - 8pm
London - 22nd March 2016: For The Record: 60s Pop Through The Lens celebrates some of the most iconic faces of 60s music captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki.
From Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Ginger Baker through to The Zombies and The Supremes, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the groundbreaking 60s pop boom. Come into the studio for rehearsals of Ready Steady Go or join the audience for Top of the Pops and witness candid images of music legends at the very beginning of their careers.
Never exhibited before, and some never published, these images offer a reminder of a pivotal moment in music history, when the white heat of cultural change was setting passions alight across England and the rest of the world.
The photographs in the exhibition were taken by Stanley Bielecki, a Polish refugee who came to London after World War Two and established his own studio and lab, Avenue Studio Photographic (ASP) in Holland Park. Working for titles such as Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker his work was destined to adorn the bedroom walls of beat-mad teenage readers. By 1965 the ‘photo cavalcade’ of Pop Weekly, a foremost example of the genre, was being entirely put together at ASP.
At the end of the 1960s the lab became SB International, specializing in film still photography. On-set photos from many of the major Hollywood films of the 70s and 80s (including Alien, Star Wars and Superman) would be processed in the lab. The Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection, an archive of over 60,000 images he amassed during this period, now resides with the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.
A must-see for fans of modern music and photography, this is also an opportunity to acquire a rare image of the past and support the Alzheimer’s Society. Stanley Bielecki is now one of the 850,000 people in the UK suffering from the disease and proceeds from print sales will be donated to the Society. His family hope that in revisiting a golden era of British culture through his photography, a medium precious because it keeps memories safe, they can raise vital funds to help all those affected by the condition.
The prints are presented in handmade frames and are limited edition, estate stamped. They have been produced by Barbara Wilson at Labyrinth Photographic, one of the few remaining traditional darkrooms in London dedicated to, and passionate about, the art of hand printing. A reminder that, for many of us, the past can and does enrich the present.
For further information, contact Sara Bielecki