The 60s ex­posed

A new ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­tos from the 1960s fea­tures iconic Jewish artists and the men who pho­tographed them

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

THEY SAY that if you can re­mem­ber the 60s then you weren’t re­ally there. It was the decade which rep­re­sented a huge flow­er­ing of tal­ent — artis­tic, mu­si­cal, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial.

Now the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery has opened a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs of the most iconic mu­si­cians of the time — and many of the “record­ing angels”, the pho­tog­ra­phers, were Jewish.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Gered Mankowitz is heav­ily rep­re­sented in the show, in which there are 150 pho­to­graphs, 100 of which are ex­hib­ited for the first time.

In 1966, Mankowitz took a por­trait of the Rolling Stones ( top) which be­came the cover shot for the Stones’ al­bum Be­tween the But­tons. In the same year, he shot a moody photo ( be­low) of the Spencer Davis Group. And two years ear­lier, Mankowitz’s sharp eye showed the al­lur­ing charm of Mick Jag­ger’s then girl­friend, Mar­i­anne Faith­full, as she lolled about in a pub ( right).

There were Jewish artists in this wave of tal­ent, too. From Bea­tles to Bowie fea­tures some early pho­tos of He­len Shapiro ( right), the Amy Wine­house of her day, whose rich, jazzy voice be­lied her youth. This pic­ture was taken by Rex Cole­man in 1962.

Barry Fe­in­stein spot­ted the young Bob Dy­lan in the Top­per shoe shop in Lon­don’s Carn­aby Street in 1966, en­joy­ing a rare mo­ment of pri­vacy as he tried on pairs of chukka boots (far right). And pho­tog­ra­pher Dezo Hoff­man pro­filed the quintessen­tially English band, the Kinks ( far right), in 1966.

Other pic­tures of Jewish in­ter­est in the show, which opened yes­ter­day and runs un­til Jan­uary 24 2010, in­clude early im­ages of Bea­tles man­ager Brian Ep­stein, and pic­tures of nearly for­got­ten Jewish pop singers such as Mike Sarne and Elkie Brooks. ‘Bea­tles to Bowie, The 60s Ex­posed’ — Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, un­til Jan­uary 24. www.npg.org.uk

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