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Johnny Dewe Mathews

"I was born in London, Educated at Ampleforth College near York, and a school run by Benedictine monks that emphasized the student's creative and spiritual development. I trained and qualified as an architect in 1970 at the Central London Polytechnic. Then traveled in the US and Central America and designed and help build houses in Mexico for archaeological workers who were on long-term excavation projects of ancient Zapotec temples. I also lived by making still life water colours of food and drink, which I exchanged for meals in restaurants. I went to live in New York in 1971 where I worked as an architect and lived on the Bowery in the lower east side. I met many of the Warhol factory crowd but I was too timid and conservative to throw myself headlong into that world, and anyway my 9 to 5 architectural office job was very time consuming."

"Just before I returned to England I went to see an exhibition of self-portrait photographs by the artist Lucas Sumares and was instantly inspired to take up photography myself I returned to London in 1972 and started taking photos of artists, fashion designers and rock stars. "

"After only 2 years of taking photos the artist Patrick Proctor introduced me to Sir Roy Strong, the then director of the National Portrait Gallery. He and Colin Ford (in charge of photography) offered me a one-man show. In 1974 I exhibited my photos at the National Portrait Gallery."

"In the last 30 years I have principally concentrated on drawing and painting in water colours and oils. I have had several one-man exhibitions in London, Paris, and Sante Fe –New Mexico and have also exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Italy. I continue to paint and take photographs."

 

Keith Moon (MOON004JDMA)

Keith Moon

Keith Moon with Oliver Reed on the set of Tommy in early 1974.

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Marianne Faithfull (MF002JDMA)

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull photographed in Chelsea, London in 1973

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Marianne Faithfull (MF003JDMA)

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull in Chelsea, London in 1973.

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Queen (QN001JDMA)

Queen

The first ever studio shoot with Queen. Photographer Johnny Dewe Mathews captures the early days of Freddie Mercurys vision.

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Queen (QN004JDMA)

Queen

Johnny Dewe Mathews first photoshoot of Queen taken a couple of months before the band released their third album 'Sheer Heart Attack'

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Queen Primrose Hill

Queen

With Freddie it was immediately apparent that I was in the presence of a charismatic visionary, he set the dress sense for the whole band.

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Rolling Stones, The (RS001JDMA)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger photographed on stage at the Empire Pool (Wembley Arena) in 1973.

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Roxy Music (BFER001JDMA)

Roxy Music

Bryan Ferry looking at a contact sheet in my studio in 1974. He was very concerned that I select the right image of him but we had fun.

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Featured Prints

Bob Marley (BM002RF)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley relaxing with friends and family after a show in Houston, Texas in 1976

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David Bowie (DB007DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie wearing a two piece quilted suit designed by Freddie Burretti for the 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour.

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AC/DC (ACDC002JA)

AC/DC

Angus Young, from AC/DC, captured in a small street outside a press meeting in Copenhagen in 1977

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Mars Volta (MVOL002ST)

Mars Volta

Album cover for Mars Volta's 'Frances the Mute' created in Bedfordshire, UK in 2004 by Storm Thorgerson

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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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Oasis (OA045JF)

Oasis

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

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Featured Artists

Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Björk

Björk

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, (born 21 November 1965), known mononymously as Björk is an Icelandic singer-songwriter.

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U2

U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in 1975. Without them popular culture in the last 30+ years would be very different.

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter & arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.

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Featured Collections

Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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Arthur Rosato Bob Dylan Collection

Arthur Rosato Bob Dylan Collection

We are delighted to share our brand new collection of Bob Dylan prints by photographer Arthur Rosato taken in 1980 during the 'Gospel Years'

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The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

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***New Arrivals***

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Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

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Folk & Country Collection

Welcome to our Folk & Country Print Collection - iconic images of the world's greatest artists from the past 50 years

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