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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.

 

 

 

Phil Collins (PHC001JF)

Phil Collins

Phil Collins captured during a feature for Sounds Magazine in April 1980 whilst on Genesis' 'The Duke' tour

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Pink Floyd (PF004JF)

Pink Floyd

A rare band shot from this period taken by a young Jill Furmanovksy at the start of her photography career

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Pink Floyd (PF005JF)

Pink Floyd

Photographed as a homage to the Pink Floyd album sleeve 'Animals' for the BBC series 'Britain In Pictures'.

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Pink Floyd (PF006JF)

Pink Floyd

Two pictures joined together to make one image - one was taken in New York and one in London. They are from two different points in the show

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Pink Floyd (PF007JF)

Pink Floyd

This was taken on the Division Bell Tour. The sound and lighting people in their headsets look like the crew of a space ship.

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Pink Floyd (PF008JF)

Pink Floyd

Two consecutive frames joined together from a shoot of The Wall tour in New York in 1980

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Pink Floyd (PF009JF)

Pink Floyd

Roger Waters, Roy Harper and Roy's son listen to a playback at Abbey Road Studios. Roy was guest vocalist on Have a Cigar.

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Pink Floyd (PF010JF)

Pink Floyd

Dick Parry has played some of the most unforgettable and sublime saxophone solos in the history of rock music - mostly with Pink Floyd.

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Pink Floyd (PF011JF)

Pink Floyd

Storm Thorgerson with Dave Gilmour whilst rehearsing during the Dark Side of the Moon UK Tour.

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Pink Floyd (PF012JF)

Pink Floyd

Jill Furmanovsky was the official photographer on the Dark Side of the Moon/Wish You Were Here UK tour, taking pictures over c.5 weeks

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Pink Floyd (PF013JF)

Pink Floyd

Nick Mason, David Gilmour & Roger Waters during a sound-check for the Dark Side of the Moon UK tour.

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Pink Floyd (PF016JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour taking a quiet moment backstage, during the Dark Side of the Moon tour 1974.

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Pink Floyd (PF017JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour playing backgammon (with Storm and Rick Wright) in his hotel room during the Dark Side of the Moon tour 1974.

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Pink Floyd (PF018JF)

Pink Floyd

The design team Hipgnosis, had two main players - Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell. Po pictured here with David Gilmour and Roger Waters

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Pink Floyd (PF019JF)

Pink Floyd

This is what The Wall looked like during an interval of the The Wall Tour at the The Coliseum in Uniondale, Nassau County, New York.

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Pink Floyd (PF020JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour Dark Side Of The Moon tour 1974. Those Guinness t-shirts were popular on that tour. Roger had one too.

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Pink Floyd (PF021JF)

Pink Floyd

Roger and Nick on a train to Edinburgh, Dark Side of The Moon tour 1974. The band preferred to travel by train rather than bus or plane.

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Pink Floyd (PF030JF)

Pink Floyd

Roger Waters eating a fairy cake in Abbey Road Studios, 1975, during the making of 'Wish You Were Here'

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Pink Floyd (PF031JF)

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd onstage during their UK Dark Side of the Moon Tour in 1974

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Pink Floyd (PF035JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour recording Wish You Were Here in Studio Two, at Abbey Road in 1975

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Pink Floyd (PF036JF)

Pink Floyd

Roger Waters messing about in the studio during the 1975 recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here'

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Pink Floyd (PF037JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour taking time out during the recordings for 'Wish You Were Here' in 1975

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Pink Floyd (PF038JF)

Pink Floyd

Nick Mason & Rick Wright chatting at the mixing desk in Abbey Road Studios whilst working on Wish You Were Here

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Pink Floyd (PF039JF)

Pink Floyd

At the mixing desk whilst working on their classic album 'Wish You Were Here'

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Pink Floyd (PF040JF)

Pink Floyd

Rick Wright in Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios whilst recording Pink Floyd's album 'Wish You Were Here' in 1975

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Pink Floyd (PF041JF)

Pink Floyd

Rare colour image of Roger Waters taken by Jill Furmanovsky during the recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' at Abbey Road Studios

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Police, The (PO001JF)

The Police

'We look so young and innocent' The Police supporting Cherry Vanilla at the Marquee Club, London in June 1977

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Police, The (PO002JF)

The Police

Relaxing before a gig in Scotland in June 1979, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers were in high spirits

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Police, The (PO005JF)

The Police

Contact strip of The Police in the dressing room of The Marquee Club in London in June 1977

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Pretenders, The (PR001JF)

The Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde posing in London wearing a hat made by David Shilling in 1995

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Queen (QN001JF)

Queen

Freddie live at the Rainbow Theatre in March 1974 wearing a Zandra Rhodes creation.

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Radiohead (RD001COCO)

Radiohead

Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead performing at the Hollywood Bowl, 2003 in support of the 'Hail to the Thief' album.

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Ramones, The (RA001JF)

The Ramones

This was my first punk image taken at the Roundhouse from above and behind the band in June 1976.

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Rolling Stones, The (KR001JF)

The Rolling Stones

I concentrated on getting a good picture of Kieth and this is it. His assistant bought one so I must have caught something special!

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Rolling Stones, The (RS001JF)

The Rolling Stones

Charlie Wats, drummer with The Rolling Stones, captured in his room in the Halcyon Hotel, London in March 1991

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Rolling Stones, The (RS002JF)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger making a guest appearance with Billy Preston at the Rainbow Theatre. He wore blue eye-shadow and a white suit

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Featured Prints

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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Van Morrison (VM001JF)

Van Morrison

Van Morrison performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in July 1973.

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David Bowie (DB005MR)

David Bowie

David Bowie captured by Mick Rock whilst applying make-up in Scotland in 1973

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Jam, The ( JA013JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller, from The Jam, dressing for a cover shoot for 'The Face' in London in March 1983

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Chuck Berry (CB001MOHO)

Chuck Berry

Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of Chuck Berry's 'You Never Can Tell' vinyl single

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Nirvana (NV002MG)

Nirvana

Kurt Cobain, from Nirvana, photographed in October 1990 outside the Dalmacia Hotel, Shepherd's Bush, London

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Featured Artists

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen (Nicknamed "The Boss") is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis were an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band have sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

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Queen

Queen

Queen are a British rock band credited with making significant contributions to such genres as hard rock & heavy metal, among others.

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Specials, The

The Specials

The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band, their music combines a ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.

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AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. they have dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".

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