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                                                                                                 PHOTOGRAPH BY GERED MANKOWITZ © BOWSTIR Ltd. 2021/

Our summer show in 2021 was a celebration of the guitar genius that was Jimi Hendrix, featuring photographs by the legendary British music photographer, Gered Mankowitz.

Iconic Jimi showcases photographs taken in early 1967 when Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix and The Experience during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio in Mayfair. These sessions produced images of Jimi that would go on to become some of the most iconic and widely known portraits of the great musician.

Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946, the first son of the author and screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz and the psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz. He left school aged 15 without any formal qualifications and was offered an apprenticeship by photographer Tom Blau at his famous photo agency Camera Press Ltd in London.

Gered, together with Jeff Vickers, established his first studio in Mason’s Yard in 1963, in the very heart of 60s swinging London.

In 1964 he met and photographed Marianne Faithfull, who was managed by the brilliant Andrew Loog Oldham, also manager of the Rolling Stones. Gered started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965; he toured America with them and produced several album covers for the band. He continued working with them until 1967, by which time Gered was established as one of London’s leading rock photographers.

Throughout the 60’s, Gered continued in the music world working with Oldham at his famous Immediate label, and with many major artists including Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces and Soft Machine. It was during this period, that Gered also worked in other areas of photography, including advertising, book covers and a brief spell of taking ‘stills’ on movies, including several weeks in Sardinia in 1967 with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the ill-fated movie “Boom”. Into the 70s and 80s he worked with Slade, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran and many others.

Gered has continued to work in the music business as well as contributing to many leading magazines and also taking prize winning images for the advertising industry.

In 2016 he was awarded the distinction of a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society and in 2017 he collaborated with his old friend and artist Christian Furr to create an extraordinary collection of 45 new images called 45RPM – based on his archive.

Currently Gered has been concentrating on books and exhibitions in galleries all over the world.
He is based in Cornwall where he has also been a part-time lecturer at University College Falmouth.

All photographs in the exhibition are for sale please contact for more info.

The exhibition is in partnership with Iconic Images and Snap galleries.


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