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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.

 

 

 

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Noel & Liam Gallagher hanging out in a boxing gym in Wigan in March 1997

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Patti Smith

Patti Smith performing onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in April 1978

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Pink Floyd

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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Iconic image of David Gilmour playing his ‘The Black Strat’ with Pink Floyd live at The Rainbow Theatre, London on 4 November 1973.

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

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

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

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The Pretenders

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

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

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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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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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'I thought of improvisation as a large ball of string (a melody as yet unravelled)'. Cover art for Phish's 1997 album Slip Stitch and Pass

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Punk icon Sid Vicious reading MAD magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the Sex Pistols one and only US tour in January 1978.

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Björk captured in 1995 by Jill Furmaovsky

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