Raj Prem explains that the exhibition is the finest collection of group and solo portraits in both black and white and color, taken against the purpose-built backdrop developed by Webb at his North London Studio. One example is “Stones Rollin’,” a pre-cursor to Peter Webb’s famous ‘Falling Stones’ image, which was voted as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photographs of all time by Q Magazine. The shot will grace the front cover of the book with the same name — a limited edition run that consists of the same imagery shown in the exhibition. Another example, “The Big Yawn,” shows Mick’s huge mouth agape, while Bill Wyman scratches his nose. Thanks to Prem, SFAE is the exclusive American outlet for Peter Webb’s work.
“When something’s gone it’s just gone, you know. But we’re not talking missing for a year or two, we’re talking 38 years. After they’d been found I walked around with this huge smile on my face for days,” Webb exclaimed to Snap Galleries. He continued, exasperated, noting that photographing The Stones “as they were” at that precise moment in time, free from any overriding “concept” was the greatest plan he developed, notes Raj Prem.
“When something’s gone it’s just gone, you know. But we’re not talking missing for a year or two, we’re talking 38 years. After they’d been found I walked around with this huge smile on my face for days,” Webb said to Snap Galleries. He also noted that photographing The Stones “as they were” at that time, free from any overriding “concept” was the best concept he had, notes Raj Prem.
Commonly known as SFAE, the San Francisco Art Exchange is the first gallery in the world to show music photography genres, and is probably the most successful outlet for celebrity shots. To date, Raj Prem and SFAE have hosted over 40 exhibitions across over 18 years, working with legends including Robert Freeman (“Beatles for Sale” showcase in 2013), Iain MacMillan (best-selling Abbey Road Collection), Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. Collaborating with SFAE’s directors and owners Theron Kabrich and Jim Hartley, who in Prem’s opinion stands as the “eminence grise” of SFAE and the unsung genius of the industry, Raj Prem has become the glue keeping the defining photographs of the ‘60s and ‘70s together. “Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session – Photographs by Peter Webb” is an inspiring collection that contains the entire surviving archive of Peter Webb’s 1971 photo session with The Rolling Stones for the “Sticky Fingers” record. Over two-thirds of the photos are unseen by the public, which makes the exhibition popular among Stones fans and art lovers.
In the wake of the Stones ‘ Sticky Fingers’ US tour this year, a more complete exhibition at SFAE is being discussed, where Webb’s archive is currently on display as a permanent exhibit.