30/30/30 & RockArchive

Jill Furmanovsky

Tue Nov 15 2016 – Wed Jan 04 2017

Lucy Bell Gallery is proud to present 30/30/30 a major exhibition of the work of Jill Furmanovsky.

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the UK’s best known and respected music photographers. The 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 PretendersFurmanovsky emigrated from Zimbabwe (known then as Rhodesia) to London in 1965, and when she was 11 years old 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 InstamaticFurmanovsky graduated from Central St Martins School of Art and Design in 1974 (Graphic Design) and went on to become the official photographer at the Rainbow Theatre, a significant venue for rock performances in the 1970s, where her career began.

 “Jill has always been in demand because she is so undemanding. For years she has won the trust of her subjects with her disarming kindness, capturing the essences of everyone from Pink Floyd and the Police to punks and New Romantic peacocks. Apart from winning the Observer Portrait Award with her marvellous 1992 study of Charlie Watts, she created superb images we all know of Chic, B.B. King, Joy Division and Oasis.” Barney Hoskyns


Furmanovsky’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.

Early in 2016 Furmanovsky launched her exhibition ‘Chunk of Punk’ which celebrated 40 years of Punk music & culture. This was displayed in both the Barbican Music Library, London and Akron, Ohio.

This Autumn Jill will be exhibiting her outstanding collection of Oasis images as part of the ‘Chasing the Sun’ exhibition at Granada Studio, followed by her solo exhibition ‘Oasis DNA’ at Manchester Central Library .

Accompanying the 30/30/30 exhibition in Gallerywill be a selection of work from  The Rock Archive, (a photographers collective) which was founded by Jill Furmanovsky in 1998, as a way to promote the best of music photography with her fellow music photographers.

Works by Sheila Rock, Don Hunstein, Dave Hogan, David Corio, Bob Gruen, Tony Mottram, and Ed Sirs, will be available for sale, as affordable collectors’ editions, ranging from £200-£900.

BBC Radio 6 “Steve Lamacq chats to legendary music photographer Jill Furmanovsky about her work documenting the past 50 years of rock and roll.”http://bbc.in/2ggtPgg

Interview with Jocks & Nerds