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Pete Smith

In Pete Smith's own wprds, " It was mid sixties London. I was a young art student and part time roady with Alexis Korner when his friend John Mayall asked, “Pete, you’ve got a camera, come and shoot our record sleeve”. The Album was “Crusade”; my first job as a music photographer. A few months later I worked with John again. This time on “Bare Wires”.

My passion for music and photography lead to a string of album and touring assignments. Through the following decades I shot dozens of album covers many of which I also designed and art directed. Some of the earlier ones are still to be seen as reissues on CD and vinyl. I was born and educated in Norfolk. After a short spell at art school in Norwich I found a place studying painting and print making at The City and Guilds School of Art in Kennington, London. By the mid 60s camera and darkroom replaced pencil and paints, record sleeves become the canvas, music festivals my domain.

An overland journey to India in the early 1970s led to an exhibition at The Photographers Gallery London. Music and then theatre remained the core input to my photography and portraiture. Film was added through a long association with The NFT covering The Guardian Lectures, events and film festivals. The 90s saw a resurgence of my music photography; stage sets of The Stones during the Steele Wheels tour, and The Wall in Berlin.

The National Portrait Gallery have acquired a few of my pictures. My portrait of Angus McBean accompanied the recent retrospective of that photographer at The NPG. From the start of my photographic career I was encouraged and inspired by my friend and photographic mentor Lewis Morley, creator of the iconic Christine Keeler/Chair photograph.

 

Rolling Stones, The (RS004PS)

The Rolling Stones

I heard The Rolling Stones were doing a gig at the Roundhouse. I didn’t have ticket or pass. Waving my camera I blagged my way in

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001PS)

Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in July 1968

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Cream (CR001PS)

Cream

Cream onstage at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in the Summer, 1967

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Florence and the Machine (FATM001PS)

Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch performing onstage at the Latitude Festival in July 2010

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Frank Zappa (ZA001PS)

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa captured in a hotel in Sussex in June 1970, holding the artwork for the latest Mothers of Invention album

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Rolling Stones, The (RS001PS)

The Rolling Stones

I heard The Rolling Stones were doing a gig at the Roundhouse. I didn’t have ticket or pass. Waving my camera I blagged my way in

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Rolling Stones, The (RS002PS)

The Rolling Stones

I heard The Rolling Stones were doing a gig at the Roundhouse. I didn’t have ticket or pass. Waving my camera I blagged my way in

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Rolling Stones, The (RS003PS)

The Rolling Stones

I heard The Rolling Stones were doing a gig at the Roundhouse. I didn’t have ticket or pass. Waving my camera I blagged my way in

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Tom Jones (TOMJ001PS)

Tom Jones

Tom Jones performing on the eve of Latitude Festival in July 2010. He showcased his new album of blues and gospel songs, ‘Praise And Blame’

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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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Amy Winehouse (AMYW001HOPA)

Amy Winehouse

Stunning Horace Panter portrait of Amy Winehouse commissioned by The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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Nick Cave (NC001DC)

Nick Cave

Nick Cave in his PR's office in Kilburn, London in July 1982

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Led Zeppelin (LZ001MPUT)

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin performing at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA 1977.

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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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Specials, The (SPEC002PHGR)

The Specials

A packed house of rude boys and girls bouncing on the sprung dance floor of The Palais made it difficult to hold a camera steady.

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Featured Artists

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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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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Siouxsie and The Banshees

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English 70's punk band formed in London & became an important influence on the emerging gothic rock scene.

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David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis

American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music.

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Referred to as rock music's 'Prince of Darkness', Nick Cave's music is characterised by emotional intensity & a wide variety of influences.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

Our contact sheet print collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Michael Putland Collection

Michael Putland Collection

When it comes to rock photography Michael Putland has done it all, having shot the biggest name in rock & pop from Abba to Zappa.

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Morgan Howell Print Collection

Morgan Howell Print Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

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Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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