Prem’s collection is well-regarded in rock photography groups. Showcasing photographs of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his focused efforts in this area has resulted in his determining the distinctive and most enchanting photos he could find. To ensure rare images are attainable to fans, he also works with photographers – showcasing them, supervising their archives and organizing exhibitions. A proper forerunner, Prem and long time partners San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s original rock photography show in 1997, reinstating his belief that these photographs are certainly fine art. He has worked with many photography stars, comprising Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The former music journalist holds a special corner in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photos such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour revealed at the initial exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which represented the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to groundbreakers of the counter culture movement, have thrilled audiences and were secured largely due to Prem’s persistence. Read Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will see many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Raj Prem, the celebrated rock music memorabilia curator, has announced the release of a new series of highly anticipated photographs of everyone’s favorite Fab Four: The Beatles. The news comes on the heels of another key milestone for these stars – over 50 years since the band’s first legendary concert and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania furthered the group into the international spotlight, the desire to see into the Beatles’ lives became common. Fans wanted more of their favorite rock stars and to get learn about their private lives. Legends like photographer Robert Freeman helped make this possible with access into the Beatles’ world and documenting them.
Internationally recognized curator and collector Raj Prem is recognized for his photography exhibition featuring rock stars from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and is proud to stand in for Peter Webb’s unseen “Sticky Fingers” Photos at SFAE. The photos, found 40 years after being lost in the loft of Peter Webb’s brother-in-law, have now appeared in both Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal. They were premiered by Prem in the SFAE “Decca Years” exhibition he co-produced seven years back.