Musical curator, Raj Prem will release a new series of rare and mostly unseen photographs of the world’s favorite Fab Four: The Beatles. The news comes on the heels of another major moment for these legends of rock and roll – the 50 year mark since the band’s first iconic concert and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania skyrocketed the group into the spotlight globally, the desire to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the scenes grew exponentially. Fans wanted to see all aspects of them and get a peek into the private lives. Legends like photog Robert Freeman brought this to light by getting intimate access into the band’s world and showcasing them with some of the pictures of the history of rock.
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Raj Prem, the globally acclaimed curator and collector celebrated for his photo exhibitions featuring music legends from the ‘60s and ‘70s, is proud to represent Peter Webb and his unpublished “Sticky Fingers” Photos at SFAE. The photos were found 40 years after being forgotten in the loft of Peter Webb’s brother-in-law. They have appeared in recent editions of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal and were first showcased by Prem in the SFAE “Decca Years” exhibition seven years ago, which he co-produced.
Raj Prem, the exceptional curator and collector globally renowned for his photography exhibitions, featuring rock icons from the decades of 1960s and 1970s is thrilled to represent Peter Webb and his unseen series “Sticky Fingers” of Photographs at SFAE. The photographs appeared post four decades of being misplaced in the attic of Peter Webb’s brother-in-law, and they have appeared in up-to-date issues of Rolling Stone and Wall Street Journal. They were first exhibited by Prem in the SFAE “Decca Years” exhibition seven years ago, which was co-produced by him. The San Francisco Art Exchange, also known as SFAE, was the primary gallery in the world to show music photography field, and is probably the most successful channel for celebrity photography. Till the current date, Raj Prem and SFAE have worked together on over 40 exhibitions in over 18 years, working with photographers comprising Robert Freeman (“Beatles for Sale” exhibition in 2013), Iain MacMillan (best-selling Abbey Road Collection), Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd.
Raj Prem’s latest exhibition was an outcome of the unending desire around everything to do with The Beatles. Prem’s aim was to give fans that already have an extensive knowledge of the band something never seen before. This made him fashion a series of exceptional photos during some of group’s most noticeable years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to develop the same kind of ecstasy and elation that fans earlier felt over half a century ago.
Depicting the culture of rock music between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been displayed in different countries and galleries worldwide, including the United States, U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has help critically acclaimed exhibitions including The Decca Years, which highlights the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is pursuing in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has showcased in nearly 100 exhibitions, featuring the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al who have documented John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than four decades.
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The collection of Raj Prem is of mythical reputation in rock photography circles. Featuring snaps of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hendrix, and Dylan among others, his life’s work has been tracking down the rarest and most captivating images he could find. In order to provide access to the best images for fans, he also collaborates with photographers – representing some, managing their archives and hosting exhibitions. A true entrepreneur of photo collecting, Prem is a long time collaborator with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe), and launched the world’s first rock photography show in 1997, highlighting his belief that the best photos are indeed fine art. He has worked alongside many great photographers, with Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd among them. Prem holds a special feeling for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as those from the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that very first exhibition along with those from “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones climb from chart toppers to leaders of the counter culture movement, continue to wow fans and were procured largely because of Prem’s insistence. In Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, a large number of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Musical opinions are without a doubt some of the most personal that can be made, so personal statements about songs and bands are often difficult to convincingly maintain. However, there are a handful that are simply impossible to argue with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history. Musically, a compelling case can be made as the band has created many of the most celebrated songs the genre has seen. However, it may be public image of the band that really sets them apart from the herd. The Rolling Stones generated the standard for how a rock band should look and present themselves, and now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have teamed with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book named aptly “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the member’s personal stash, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has supplied a number of extraordinary prints for this collectible book.
This undying demand for all things Beatles was a major player in curator Raj Prem’s decision. Prem’s upfront goal with the exhibition was to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something new and exciting. This prompted him to find a series of rarely seen photographs from the group’s most important years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to recreate the vibes that fans originally felt over 50 years ago.
Rock and roll curator of collectibles, Raj Prem, has declared the release of a news series of photographs that give better understanding of the private lives of The Beatles. The exhibition concurs with another milestone of the Rock and roll legends– more than half a century since the band’s first celebrated show and presence on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania kept on growing, the group came into the universal spotlight, the craving to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage developed incrementally. Fans required more access into the private lives of the stars and wanted more information about them. Personalities like photographic artist Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish become reality by getting close access into the Beatles’ world and exhibiting them with the most momentous pictures in the history of rock.
The exhibit brings forth a coherent collection of both group and solo portraits in black and white and color, shot against the intentional backdrop constructed by Webb at his North London Studio. One fine example is “Stones Rollin’,” which pre-cursed Peter Webb’s famous ‘Falling Stones’ image. The shot was voted as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photos of all time by Q Magazine and will grace the cover of the volume with the same name — a limited edition book that consists of the same photographs as the exhibition. Another example is “The Big Yawn,” in which Mick’s gaping mouth is wide open, while Bill Wyman itches his nose. Thanks to Raj Prem, SFAE is an exclusive location for Peter Webb’s work in the United States.