"LONDON ROCK : The Unseen Archive - Photographs by Alec Byrne

Modern Rocks Gallery are pleased to present photographer Alec Byrne's headline grabbing show "LONDON ROCK : The Unseen Archive" following its highly acclaimed opening at The Proud Gallery in London last year. The exhibit opens October 19th with an opening reception from 6pm to 10pm. The show will run up to the end of the year and will feature a display of framed silver gelatin prints, including some stunning large format prints, and also a collection of one-of-a-kind, original vintage silver gelatin prints, all available to purchase.

Byrne’s career began at the age of 17 when he was put under contract to capture live acts for the NME. He was interested in photographing the emerging stars of British music during an incredible period of musical history, describing his schedule as, “The Who on Thursday, The Rolling Stones on Saturday, Led Zeppelin on Monday’. From Mick Jagger’s explosive live performances to tender portraits of a young David Bowie, Byrne worked with a wide range of musicians, revealing their distinctive characteristics in each shot. His intuitive approach was of a rock n’ roll mind-set, favoring candid photography over a studio setting. Byrne’s desire to capture the most powerful imagery saw him battling to the front of crowds and racing home from performances to develop his work through the night.

Alec Byrne will be in attendance on the night, with the show running up until the end of the year. 

Check out this great piece on Alec in Mother Jones

Steven Walker
The Art Of The Contact Sheet

Modern Rocks Gallery are pleased to announce a new show in their Austin gallery with an opening reception on Friday 27th April from 7pm to 10pm

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"The Art Of The Contact Sheet" is a curated collection of large format contact sheet prints of David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more, taken by leading rock photographers both past and present. 

Contact sheets are a tool that dates back to the days of shooting on film, showing the whole roll of film on one sheet of photographic paper, to help the photographer select which images to print. Not only does the contact sheet tell us the full story behind an iconic image, these visually stunning and often thought provoking prints give a unique insight into the photographer’s artistic process and vision. It's fascinating to see how the photographer’s eye wanders, how the mind works, and how a scene evolves on the journey towards the final image.

The show features the work by the legendary Columbia Records photographer, Don Hunstein, as well as the photographer responsible for the iconic Aladdin Sane album cover, Brian Duffy. Other leading music photographers on show include Tracy Anne Hart, Alan Messer, Allan Ballard, Matt Anker and more.

For more details, click HERE
 

Steven Walker