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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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Pink Floyd (PF001JF)

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd in Abbey Road making a new album that became 'Wish You Were Here'. Jill Furmanovsky was asked to drop in and shoot some stills

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Fats Domino

Fats Domino performing at the Texas Opry House, Houston in November 1975

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Kate Bush

Kate Bush onstage performing her classic ballad 'The Man with the Child in His Eyes' at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.

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Bjork, London 1995 by Jill Furmanovsky. Available for sale.

Björk

Contact sheet from photo shoot of Björk taken by Jill Furmanovsky in Primrose Hill in 1995

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Red Hot Chili Peppers (CP001MA)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Bob Marley

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

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