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Jill Furmanovsky

Rockarchive founder, Jill Furmanovsky, was born and brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Her parents moved to London in 1965 when Jill was 11 years old and she became a member of the Beatles fan-club and an 'Apple scruff' – one of the teenagers that hung around outside Abbey Road hoping to catch sight of the Fab Four. Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney standing outside his house with two of her school friends taken on a Kodak Instamatic.

Following a foundation course at Harrow School of Art, Jill studied textile and graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design. After only two weeks training in photography, she had a lucky break when she was offered (and gleefully accepted) the unpaid job of official photographer at London's premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre in 1972.

Artists photographed in her 40 year career include many of the biggest names in rock music: Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan, and Oasis are but a few. She has also directed videos for Oasis and The Pretenders.

Jill continues to shoot in the music industry. Her traffic-stopping image of Florence Welsh graced the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 as part of the exhibit ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll?’ at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She was also featured extensively in the film of the same name in which Noel Gallagher took part on her behalf, to praise their long working relationship.

Jill's book 'The Moment' 25 Years of Rock Photography' (1995) is a seminal work in the genre. Her subsequent book, ‘Oasis - Was There Then ' A Photographic Journey' (1997) followed a ground-breaking exhibition of the same name that toured in the UK and Ireland (Noel Gallagher thought she was a caterer who took good pictures).

Jill has won many awards for her music photography including The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award (1992) and 'Woman of the Year' for Music and Related Industries (1988). Further accolades followed. In 2012 she was presented with a special award by Record of The Day Magazine.

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse photographed backstage by Jill Furmanovsky at the Union Chapel, Islington London 2006

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse captured in the corridor of the Union Chapel, London in 2006 - "She seemed particularly happy that night" - Jill Furmanovsky

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Björk (BJ004JF)

Björk

Björk captured in 1995 by Jill Furmaovsky

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Bob Marley (BM001JF)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley sitting on the bed of a rented apartment on Gloucester Road in London in February 1978

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Chic (CH001JF)

Chic

All four members of Chic cannot help but groove to the same beat. Taken by Jill Furmanovsky at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.

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The Cure, 1980 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

The Cure on the road in Holland and Belgium during their 1980 'Seventeen Seconds' tour.

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Iggy Pop onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1979 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in July 1979.

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Jam, The (JA010JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller onstage with The Jam at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1979

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Joy Division (JD001JF)

Joy Division

Joy Division backstage before a gig at the YMCA London (supported by Monochrome Set) in August 1979.

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Led Zeppelin (LZ011JF)

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page onstage at Led Zeppelin's legendary Earls Court Arena concerts in 1975

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Leonard Cohen (LC002JF)

Leonard Cohen

Jill Furmanovsky recalls, "This was a typical music press session - probably for Sounds. The journalist and ‘snapper’, me, at a posh hotel.

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City in February 1980 was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Neil Young performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 19723 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Neil Young

Neil Young performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in November 1973.

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Oasis (OA005JF)

Oasis

Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Taken in Paris in November 1995.

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Oasis (OA007JF)

Oasis

This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video.

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Oasis (OA040JF)

Oasis

This was the second day of a 2-day press shoot for the release of Be Here Now. It was the day Tony Blair became Prime Minister

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Oasis (OA042JF)

Oasis

Rehearsals before leaving for a US tour supporting U2.

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Noel Gallagher & Liam Gallagher in the dressing room at Wembley Stadium in July 2000

Oasis

Noel & Liam Gallagher from Oasis backstage before performing onstage at Wembley Stadium in July 2000

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Oasis (OA045JF)

Oasis

Taken during the Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' Tour in Detroit, USA in 1995

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Oasis (OA048JF)

Oasis

Contact sheet of Noel & Liam Gallagher larking around during the recording sessions for 'Be Here Now' at Abbey Road Studios in October 1996

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Oasis (OA055JF)

Oasis

Iconic shot of Liam Gallagher onstage during Oasis's debut gig at Slane Castle in July 1995

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Oasis (OA058JF)

Oasis

Oasis performing at Portland Place, London in 1995

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Oasis (OA059JF)

Oasis

Liam Gallagher onstage in Cambridge in December 1994 during Oasis's Definitely Maybe Tour

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Oasis photographed from the back of the stage whilst performing at Knebworth Park in August 1996

Oasis

Oasis performing onstage during the first of their legendary Knebworth gigs in 1996.

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Oasis (OA082JF)

Oasis

Noel and Liam Gallagher photographed in Nice, France whilst recording Oasis's fourth album 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants'

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Oasis (OAMR001JF)

Oasis

Noel recalls "Maine Road was where we all used to go as kids. So I was standing there, trying to make sure I never forgot this moment"

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Paul Weller (JA015JF)

Paul Weller

Paul Weller photographed for The Face magazine (April 1983 - Issue 36), not long after he formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot.

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Pink Floyd onstage at Wembley Empire Pool in 1974

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd onstage at the Wembley Empire Pool, London in November 1974 during their British Winter Tour.

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Rolling Stones (RS010JF)

Rolling Stones

Contact sheet of Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones drummer, taken at the Halcyon Hotel in London in March 1991

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Siouxsie and the Banshees (SS005JF)

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Siouxsie Sioux captured in Sweden in 1982 during Siouxsie & The Banshees Summer Tour

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Squeeze in London in 1978 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Squeeze

Jools Holland fronting the line-up in this Squeeze shot taken in London in 1978. The same year as they released their debut album.

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Bob Dylan (BD001JF)

Bob Dylan

"This image of Bob Dylan and bass player Tony Garnier, snatched at an open air concert in Italy, sums up a beautiful partnership."

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Morrissey (SM001JF)

Morrissey

Morrissey captured by Jill Furmanovsky at her London studio in December 1983, during the early days of The Smiths

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Oasis (OA030JF)

Oasis

Johnny Marr had given Noel one of his guitars in the early days when he was broke. Now he was able to buy any guitar that took his fancy

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Oasis (OA051JF)

Oasis

Noel Gallagher tuning his guitar on the floor of Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios during the recording sessions for Be Here Now in 1996

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Billy Idol (IDOL001JF)

Billy Idol

Billy Idol poses for the camera on a bed with a cat. He was part of the Bromley Contingent, a group of followers & fans of the Sex Pistols.

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Buzzcocks (BUZZ001JF)

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks captured in a public library whilst on a press session in Manchester in August 1977.

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