Project Description

Michael Joseph took the Beggars Banquet session photographs of The Rolling Stones over a weekend in 1968 on location in London and Derbyshire.

Michael Joseph was born in Kimberly – the Capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province – in 1941. His father was heavily involved in Anti-Apartheid activities, especially fundraising, and all of this gave Michael early exposure to politicians and social reportage from South Africa. During his time at University he was sent to Vietnam to photograph the war and as a result he was commissioned to many advertising assignments and made his name as a photographer.

Our interest lies with Michael Joseph’s best known rock ‘n’ roll work: his 1968 weekend session with the Rolling Stones for their classic album, Beggar’s Banquet.