My guest on this episode is the absolute legend that is Gered Mankowitz – he is the photographer who created the enduring and defining image of the rock star as we know it today.
Inspired to take up photography by the comedian Peter Sellers, Gered opened his first studio in 1963. Finding himself at the centre of Swinging London, he soon established himself as one of the most prominent music photographers on the scene.
His portfolio showcases striking and beautiful photographs from the 1960s to the 2000s, encompassing the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix , Small Faces, Marianne Faithfull, P.P. Arnold, Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, Oasis and many others.
There are a few notable links with Paul Weller.
Gered took the photograph for the cover of The Jam‘s second album This Is The Modern World and a lovely shot for an advert for Vox Amps with The Style Council… as you’ll hear there’s also a story in relation to The Jam’s song Absolute Beginners…
In 2016 Gered was awarded the distinction of a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
Find out more about Gered at mankowitz.com