The 200 images are part of 3,500 previously never seen before photos shot by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The images remained private through Bonis’ life and stayed unseen in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were discovered, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures per month over the period of two whole years. Retailed through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the photos are priced starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are sold first-come-first-serve instead through an auction and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a gesture Prem believes can surge the value of the pictures and make them worth more than their actual cost.
Month: February 2018
Universally well-known music photography collector Raj Prem was pleased to know more about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which were accessible on eBay in February. He is sure these photos will be invaluable for the followers of rock history and photography.
It is no astonishment, that when the music band and the publishers of this defining volume were collecting what needed to be the best in Rolling Stones prints, they got in touch with Prem right away. Consisting of over 500 pages of images from some of the time’s photography legends, The Rolling Stones will contain of a limited collector’s edition comprising 1,500 units – each one numbered and signed by the band. Furthermore, six art editions will display runs of only 75 each and come with a photographic print. The point that number of photos from Raj Prem’s collection, clicked by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, have been incorporated in this book, which pursues to tell the tale of the Stone’s storied history, is something that truly means the world to the collector and fits easily with his spirit. As he has been seen mentioning: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”
Prem’s collection is respected in rock photography circles. Showing photographs of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his diligence has resulted in his discovering the special and most charming photos he could find. To ensure handpicked images are available to fans, he also works with photographers – showcasing them, handling their archives and arranging exhibitions. A true pioneer, Prem and long time collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s original rock photography show in 1997, restoring his belief that these photographs are certainly fine art. He has worked with many photography stars, encompassing Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The erstwhile music journalist holds a special corner in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Snapshots such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour revealed at the initial exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which symbolized the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to groundbreakers of the counter culture movement, have fascinated audiences and were secured largely due to Prem’s devoutness. Read Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will observe that many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.