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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.

 

 

 

Joy Division (JD003JF)

Joy Division

Rare photo of Joy Division performing onstage at the YMCA, London in 1979, taken by Jill Furmanovsky

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Kasabian (KASA001JF)

Kasabian

Sergio Pizzorno & Tom Meighan from Kasabian in Chalk Farm, London in August 2004

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Kate Bush

Kate Bush first came to note in 1978 when, only 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for 4 weeks with her debut single, "Wuthering Heights"

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KD Lang

KD Lang in the corridor of the Le Meridian Hotel, London in March 1992

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Led Zeppelin, backstage with manager Peter Grant at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England, in August 1979.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson performing at Wembley, London in 1972 during the Jackson 5 era.

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in July 1973 - “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” Miles Davis

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New Order relaxing in a hotel room near Kings Cross, London in 1984

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Oasis

Liam and Noel of Oasis, taken during the rehearsals for their upcoming tour

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Liam downs a pint while Noel watches and waits. That sums up their working relationship!

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Oasis

Oasis were supporting U2 in America. I think this is one of the best live images I've ever taken.

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This was taken on the first Oasis American tour. Twin benches on the boardwalk were ideal for this back-to-back portrait of the brothers

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Oasis

Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Liam drunk, Noel thoroughly fed up, but the session continued.

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Oasis

George Martin was involved in the making of a TV documentary about Air Studios while Oasis were recording there

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Rehearsals at the Music Bank, a regular haunt, would see Liam take pleasure in giving his famous two finger salute to trains speeding past

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Oasis

Taken on the video shoot for one of Noel Gallagher's greatest songs 'Wonderwall' in September 1995. A beam of evening light hits the spot.

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Oasis

"I love to shoot musicians in hotel rooms, bland furniture, bland pictures on the wall - so much part of the lifestyle of a rock musician."

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"To wear your woman's white cable knit sweater in front of a crowd of 125,000 takes some guts but Liam wore it with a swagger" Noel said

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Oasis

Taken at a full lighting and sound dress rehearsal. Liam is sitting cross-legged on the floor listening intently to his favourite band

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Oasis

Part of a cover shoot for Q Magazine shot backstage at The Point Dublin in March 1996 before the gig.

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Oasis

This was taken in Schipol Airport while we waited for the luggage. I rounded them up and asked them to sit on the edge of the conveyor belt.

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Oasis

At the time of Wonderwall Oasis not only sounded like The Beatles they looked like them too.

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Oasis

Noel Gallagher of Oasis, with his signature Union Jack guitar.

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Oasis

Liam Gallagher of Oasis walking the streets of San Francisco.

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Oasis

This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video in September 1995.

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Oasis

Noel & Liam Gallager at Air Studios, London in 1997. This image has been used as poster art for the 2016 Oasis exhibition 'Chasing the Sun'

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Oasis

This was part of a 2-day press session for the release of Be Here Now. It was taken in the grounds of a stately home, that is now a school.

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Oasis

Noel and Liam take a break from recording in a pub near Abbey Road. The atmosphere between them had been tense in the preceding weeks

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Oasis

I was asked to shoot a band session at Abbey Road, about a month after the media furore that was going on at the time.

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Oasis

Liam wearing the famous brown check coat that never seemed to come off during the tour and watching the sound-check intently as was his way.

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Oasis

The chalk blackboard and blood red wall were a gift to this session. Liam wrote the words himself.

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Oasis

Early in October 1997 fans found out that Oasis were recording in Abbey Road, and the graffiti outside started showing Oasis content

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Oasis

Guitars and equipment on display in Studio Two at Abbey Road during the recording sessions for the Oasis album 'Be Here Now'

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Oasis

Contact sheet of Liam Gallagher singing during a recording session for 'Be Here Now' at Abbey Road Studios in October 1996

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Oasis

Studio Two in Abbey Road Studios, Liam Gallagher performing during a recording session for 'Be Here Now' in 1996

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Oasis

Noel Gallagher photographed by Jill Furmanovsky whilst recording the Oasis album 'Be Here Now' in 1996

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