The free exhibition, that celebrates our 25 year anniversary, chronicles the evolution of music photography over the last 70 years. It showcases a series of classic rock and roll images, accompanied by fascinating text, that tells the stories behind these beautiful pictures in the photographers' own words. Also available to view is a compilation of related videos including interviews with music photography legends, Don Hunstein and Storm Thorgerson and a display of historic cameras provided by Jill Furmanovsky.
In the Moment: The Art of Music Photography, Barbican Music Library, September 2023
The newly revamped exhibition, now includes captivating shots of Charlie Watts and Sinead O'Connor by Jill Furmanovsky, as well as a stunning portrait of David Bowie by Fernando Aceves and vibrant image of Led Zeppelin by Bob Gruen. Over thirty framed fine art prints are displayed on the library walls and in the display cabinets are a further 50 small prints that show key images from punk photography, 80's music and live music photography. Artists featured include Oasis, John Lennon, The Clash, Bob Marley, Nick Cave, Rolling Stones, Notorious B.I.G, Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan and Siouxsie Sioux.
Charlie Watts by Jill Furmanovsky
Sinead O'Connor by Jill Furmanovsky
In the Moment: The Art of Music Photography also provides information regarding the history of music photography, and the roots and founding principles of Rockarchive. One of the display cases showcases the restoration work that we sometimes undertake to repair damaged negatives. The example being a shot of Jimi Hendrix reading the sheet music for Bob Dylan's classic album Blonde on Blonde that was taken by Colin N. Purvor in 1967.
A highlight of the exhibition is a montage of fantastic rock 'n' roll images that are currently available as limited edition prints from Rockarchive.
Montage of Rockarchive prints
We are hugely thankful to the Barbican Music Library and our sponsors MPB Europe Ltd for supporting our exhibition. Plus thank you to everyone who has visited the exhibition so far and for your wonderful comments, some of which we have highlighted below.
Pages from Visitor Comments Book, Barbican Music Library
Rockarchive Display, In the Moment Exhibition, Barbican Music Library
You can find more information regarding the exhibition and its opening times here.
If you know of a venue, gallery or institution that might like to display one of our music photography exhibitions in the future please let us know.