Contact Sheet Exhibition in Hastings at The Lucy Bell Gallery

Probably the most revealing way to show what happens in a shoot is to peruse the contact sheets. This is a privilege usually only given to the subjects of the shoot, or the picture editors at the publication the photographer was working for.

At the Lucy Bell Gallery you can now take the place of subjects and picture editors by seeing contact sheets from some of the most experienced photographers in the music industry. Observe how David Bowie's relationship with Duffy develops in a contact sheet for Aladdin Sane, or my shoot with Bjork where she bends and twists her body to express the angular way she sees the world, or a favourite series - Jimi Hendrix on stage circa 1967, shot with a Hasselblad by Rockarchive's Colin Purvor. And one of the only studio shoots that Bob Marley did, with another rockarchive photographer, Alan Ballard, which says a great deal about the joyful person Bob Marley was. Some fans have told me they loved seeing a series of backstage pictures of Joy Division after a gig - all having a laugh.

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Inside Abbey Road Studios Exhibition at Barbican Music Library

This exhibition is a collaboration between world famous recording studios, Abbey Road, and yours truly, who was their Artist in Residence March 2017- March 2018.

For the first time the public can glimpse what happens inside the studios during the recording process - as opposed to seeing only the famous zebra crossing or the equally famous wall outside.

Featuring my photographs taken in and around the studio over the years, from my first of Paul McCartney circa 1967, to a rare insight of Pink Floyd recording their classic album, Wish You Were Here, to a series of images featuring Oasis from 1996's sessions for Be Here Now, through the 2007 sessions with the second Oasis line up, right up to a recent Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds session in 2018.

In addition I photographed a number of new artists such as Royal Blood, Mura Masa, Judas, DJ Yoda, Novelist and NEO, the latter a protege of maestro guitarist Nile Rogers, currently creative director for the studio.

And then there are the orchestras - some 100 strong with a choir - and weird and wonderful old tape machines and peculiar instruments in the echo chamber, and the Lady Madonna piano with its warn keys, the one played on the Beatles song, and within the exhibition itself you can marvel at some extraordinary and very valuable microphones.

I could go on but suggest you go see it for yourself. It's free!