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Charles Mo­ri­arty got a call from a mate of his, Tyler James, ask­ing if he’d take some pho­tos of his lit­tle-known singer pal, Amy Wine­house, who’d re­cently signed to Is­land Records. He didn’t know that he was about to doc­u­ment an ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ment in rock ‘n’ roll his­tory.

“The first time I met Amy Wine­house was the day I shot her Frank al­bum cover,” re­calls the Dubliner, who since mov­ing to Lon­don in 2003, has also snapped the likes of Da­mon Al­barn and Her­cules And Love Af­fair. “We left my apart­ment and wan­dered down Com­mer­cial Street, dropped into the off-li­cence and picked up a bot­tle of white wine and nipped round to the back of the Golden Harte pub to Prince­ton Street, which is where we shot the cover.”

That ses­sion forms the back­bone of Amy, a col­lec­tion of 25 won­der­ful images of the pre-fame Ms. Wine­house, which – fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful Lon­don run – touches down at CHQ Cus­tom Quay, Dublin 1 from May 10-31. There, you’ll also be able to pick up a com­pan­ion 144-page book con­tain­ing even more stun­ning shots and a fore­word from the di­rec­tor of the Os­car-win­ning Amy doc­u­men­tary, Asif Karpa­dia.

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