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.
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.
The exhibition portrays an exclusive collection of group and single portraits in both black and white and color, taken against a made setting by Webb at his North London Studio. One such example is the “Stones Rollin’,” which was a prelude to Peter Webb’s well-known ‘Falling Stones’ photo. The photo was branded as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photos of all time by Q Magazine and will be on the front cover of the book with the same name — a distinctive volume that includes the same photographs shown in the exhibition. One more example is “The Big Yawn,” a photo in which Mick’s huge mouth is wide open, while Bill Wyman scratches his nose. Thanks to the focused efforts of Raj Prem, SFAE is a focused outlet for Peter Webb’s work in the US.
The display showcases an unusual collection of group and single portraits in both black and white and color, taken against the purpose-built background made by Webb at his North London Studio. One such example is the “Stones Rollin’,” which was a run-up to Peter Webb’s famous ‘Falling Stones’ image. The picture was chosen as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photos of all time by Q Magazine and will feature on the front cover of the book with the same name — a limited edition volume that consists of the same photographs shown in the exhibition. Another example is “The Big Yawn,” a picture in which Mick’s huge mouth is wide open, while Bill Wyman itches his nose. As a result of the efforts of Raj Prem, SFAE is a characteristic outlet for Peter Webb’s work in the US.