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Allan Ballard (1943-2011)

Allan Ballard began his photographic career at the Evening Standard where he assisted the picture editor. He then assisted eminent fashion photographer John Cowan (pictured above). Together they traveled extensively on fashion assignments (from the North Pole to the Persian Gulf and all points between).

Allan spent six months in New York working for American Vogue. During this time he documented the racial tension between the police and the black residents of Harlem for the Sunday Times. The now famous shot of the NYPD officer ‘pulling tongues’ in a momentary lapse ‘under fire’ was later ‘adopted’ by he band Skid Alley for their album cover.

On his return Allan set up his studio in Primrose Hill and began contributing regularly to the Sunday Times and later to the Supplement. On one of his diverse assignments Allan obtained almost exclusive access to Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at the time of their marriage. His pictures were syndicated around the world and secured Allan’s name as a top Photographer.

At 24 Allan had become one of the most successful photographers in London

Blondie (BL002ABAL)

Blondie

Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of their 3rd album 'Parallel Lines' in September 1978.

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Blondie

Debbie Harry at her home studio in NYC in 1978. Blondie took time off from their busy schedule recording Parallel Lines for this portrait.

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Adam and the Ants (AANT001ABAL)

Adam and the Ants

Adam Ant posing as the Dandy Highwayman on the set of Stand and Deliver at Hatfield House in Spring 1981.

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Billy Idol (IDOL001ABAL)

Billy Idol

Billy Idol with Ziggy Stardust flash makeup. New Wave just wouldn’t have been New Wave without Billy to pave the way through the 1980’s.

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Blondie

Debbie Harry of Blondie, opening the show at the San Diego Civic Auditorium for Iggy Pop & David Bowie while on their 'Idiot Tour' in 1977.

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Bob Marley (BM001ABAL)

Bob Marley

"Bob Marley took a break from touring and came by my studio in Primrose Hill. He was in such a fantastic mode that day, really playful."

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Clash, The (CL001ABAL)

The Clash

The Clash back stage before their most famous gig at the Rainbow Theatre in May 1977.

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Elton John (EJON001ABAL)

Elton John

Elton John at his rented house in Los Angeles prior to his career-defining sellout concerts at Dodger Stadium.

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Faces, The (FA002ABAL)

The Faces

Rod Stewart relaxing in the garden of his house in Berkshire he bought from bought from Lord Bethell, a lord-in-waiting to the Queen.

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The Faces

Rod Stewart standing next to his concert tour plane in Los Angeles, December 1977. Rod recalls, "The tour got off to a terrible start."

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra on the set of his last ever film with Warner Bros, 'The Naked Runner', by Allan Ballard, in London in 1967

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra walking over a London bridge in 1967 during a break from his filming of 'The Naked Runner'

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra in London in 1967 off-set from the filming of 'The Naked Runner'

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Kiss (KISS001ABAL)

Kiss

Gene Simmons, bassist of the American glam rock band, Kiss backstage before their performance at the Wembley Arena, London.

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Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan photographed in Allan's Primrose Hill Studio.

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Status Quo (SQUO001ABAL)

Status Quo

Status Quo shot in Primrose Hill, London

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