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New photo exhibition to open in London next month

The Rolling Stones are to be the subject of a new photographic exhibition in London next month.

ROLLING STONES: AGAINST THE WALL takes place at Scream London in Mayfair and the exhibit will feature unseen and rare photos of the rock and roll legends from renowned photographers David Montgomery, Roberto Rabanne and Bob Gruen.

The exhibition runs from 13 May to 3 July.

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Here’s what the press release says about the three photographers:

"Heralded by Q magazine as "having produced some of the most iconic images of the sixties", Montgomery is one of the most revered photographers in recent history. His career began at Vogue where he was responsible for seminal images of the 60s and 70s featuring Andy Warhol, Jean Shrimpton, Terence Stamp and Jimi Hendrix.  The raw monochrome studio shots to be exhibited at Scream, show the young Stones in 1971, the year they recorded Sticky Fingers.  An innocent yet knowing Jagger is caught in the lens of Montgomery's Hasselblad, his modesty saved by Warhol's iconic album cover for Sticky Fingers.  A cheeky Keith Richards with back to the camera, glances over his shoulder at Montgomery, hair pointing skyward like plumes of a preening peacock.  Montgomery was granted access to the band, capturing impromptu moments in previously unseen images taken in a Fish & Chip shop on the Kings Road, Chelsea.  Using a Kodak Instamatic, Montgomery manages to effortlessly record un- choreographed scenarios. 

"Roberto Rabanne began his career in New York where his iconic photographs of The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and other rock idols quickly earned him a reputation as a master at capturing iconic images and the exhilaration of live performances.  During the 1980s Rabanne extended his photographic oeuvre, featuring in foremost publications such as Vogue, Time, Der Spiegel and Rolling Stone.  Rabanne's photographs featured in this exhibition clearly portray that he was "a witness to an incredible segment of history".

"Bob Gruen has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.  In 1971, Gruen became John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer and friend, producing photos of their working life as well as intimate moments from their personal life. In the same vein, Gruen toured extensively with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Clash where he captured candid scenes of bands on tour, only achieved through long-standing personal friendships with the artists.  In 2004 Bob Gruen was presented with MOJO Magazine's prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image, and the FAAP Museu de Arte Brasileira in Sao Paulo, Brazil held an extensive exhibition of his photography in 2007.  In 2009 Gruen was featured in the music photography exhibition at MOMA in New York.”

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