Exemplifying the history of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been publicized in numerous countries and galleries internationally, comprising the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically accredited shows to his name such as The Decca Years, which proves the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s evolution from chart hits to rock movement pioneers. Prem is very much charmed by Bonis’ Beatles photographs to supplement the multitude of pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, accentuating the works of shutterbugs such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have worshipped the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over forty years.
Presenting the history of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s assortment has been revealed in diverse countries and galleries worldwide, comprising the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically well-liked exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which demonstrates the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s journey from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much interested in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, emphasizing the works of photographers such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have venerated John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than four decades.
The 200 images are from the 3,500 the unseen photographs taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The photographs continued to be private through Bonis’ life and stayed concealed in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were exposed, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures each month over the period of two whole years. Sold through eBay’s art and figurines store, the photos are valued starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are vended first-come-first-serve in place of an auction and 10% of the profits will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to deliver a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, an act Prem trusts can enhance the worth of the shots and make them worth more than their actual cost.
Music Photography Collector who is celebrated globally, Raj Prem was excited to know more about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which are now accessible on eBay in February. He is confident that these photos will be a fortune for the followers of rock history and photography.
It is no disbelief, that when the music band and the publishers of this important volume were building what needed to be the best in Rolling Stones prints, they got in touch with Prem quickly. Consisting of over 500 pages of images from some of the time’s photography legends, The Rolling Stones will contain a limited collector’s edition comprising 1,500 units – each one numbered and autographed by the band. Also, six art editions will display runs of only 75 each and come with a photographic print. The fact that number of photographs from Raj Prem’s collection, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, have been incorporated in this book, which pursues to tell the tale of the Stone’s storied history, is something that genuinely means the world to the collector and fits undoubtedly with his spirit. As he has been often seen commenting: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”
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’.
It’s a universal fact that opinions in music are some of the most personal that exist, so broad-based statements about songs and artists are often hard to accept. However, there are some that are simply cannot be disputed. One of those few usually held opinions is unquestionably that The Rolling Stones are one of the best rock and roll bands of all time. From even just a musical angle, a certain case can be made as the band has fashioned some of the most exceptional and cult songs the category has seen. Though, it may be the visual aspect of the band that really makes them unique. The Rolling Stones set the standard for how a rock band should appear and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is proposing an unequaled look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book titled “The Rolling Stones”. And along with photos and graphics from the band’s private records, many previously unseen, prominent photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of stunning prints for this unique book.
The success for Raj Prem’s newest exhibit follows a career of working with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE). As Prem has noted, the SFAE has remained an important working component of this and many other rock-based exhibits. “I value the opportunity to work with SFAE owners and directors Jim Hartley and Theron Kabrich,” Prem had this to say: “We’ve done 40 plus exhibitions together over 18 years. SFAE was the first gallery in the world to showcase the music photography genre and is probably the most successful outlet for celebrity photography.” Prem remarked that the Beatles exhibit is only one of many showcases he has facilitated with the SFAE over the years. As he explained, “Jointly we’ve co-produced several exhibitions of top UK and US photographers, including Robert Freeman, Iain MacMillan, Terry O’Neill and Dominique Tarle.” The Beatles anniversary exhibit aims to not only supercharge original fans about their musical icons, but for Prem to allow younger generations direct access for what rock and roll is all about.
The buzz surrounding Prem’s newest exhibit comes alongside continued success working with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE). According to the renowned curator, working with the SFAE has remained an important component of this and many other rock-based exhibits. “I value the opportunity to work with SFAE owners and directors Jim Hartley and Theron Kabrich,” Prem recently discussed. “We’ve done 40 plus exhibitions together over 18 years. SFAE was the first gallery in the world to showcase the music photography genre and is probably the most successful outlet for celebrity photography.” Prem remarked that the Beatles photography is only one of many exhibitions he has facilitated with the SFAE over the years. As he continued, “Jointly we’ve co-produced several exhibitions of top UK and US photographers, including Robert Freeman, Iain MacMillan, Terry O’Neill and Dominique Tarle .” For Prem, the 50 year Beatles anniversary exhibit aims to not only reinvigorate original fans about their musical heroes, but also give younger fans direct access into what rock and roll is all about.
This type of fanatical demand for all things Beatles was a motivation behind curator Raj Prem’s new exhibition. Prem wanted to give the public who already have a comprehensive understanding something fresh to see. This prompted him to identify a number of rarely seen shots taken during the group’s most pivotal years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to generate the same hype and enthusiasm that fans originally felt.