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Mick Rock

Legendary rock photographer Mick Rock is often referred to as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies’, for his iconic images of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Blondie. Mick has created many key rock ‘n’ roll images, including the cover photographs for Queen’s Queen II (recreated for their classic music video ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) and Sheer Heart Attack.

Mick recalls his first impression of Queen: “They knew they had the magic. That was firmly imprinted on me. And having told me how good they were, they played me the music – it was Queen II, which they had just finished recording. They asked me to describe it, and I said: ‘It’s Bowie meets Led Zeppelin.’ That was good; they wanted to work with me, but they wanted to know that I got it. They were picky from the get-go. It was trial by chatter…”

Queen II album cover, London, January 1974
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Queen, Hands, taken at the session for Queen II, London, January 1974.
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Queen, Veils, taken at the session for Queen II, London, January 1974.
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Queen in the mirror, taken at the Queen II session, London, January 1974
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Freddie Mercury, Queen II session, London, January 1974
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 “There was something slightly otherworldly about them. To me they look mythological. I never saw them as inhuman, just more like fantastic creatures, chimaeras in the pre-Raphaelite world. I was soaked in that stuff.” – Mick Rock

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1974
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Freddie in white tunic
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Freddie hugging himself
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Freddie Mercury and Brian May, live
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 Queen live
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Freddie Mercury and Brian May live 1974
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Freddie Mercury, Purple
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Naked Queen
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Michael Putland

Michael Putland has spent the last 50 years criss-crossing the globe, photographing everyone from Abba to Zappa.

Michael continues to print all his black & white images in his own darkroom. This is something he loves doing, having learnt his craft from master printers at the age of 16 when he started working in a busy basement darkroom in Pimlico, London. All Michael’s black & white photographs are hand printed and signed on warmtone, fibre based silver gelatin paper. After exposure, developing and fixing, the prints are washed for several hours, air dried and flattened under glass, a process that takes a few days.

Queen – Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and John Deacon, London 1973
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Freddie Mercury of Queen during final rehearsal for first tour supporting Mott the Hoople, North End Road, Fulham, London, 1973
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Freddie Mercury of Queen during final rehearsals for their first tour supporting Mott the Hoople, 1973
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Queen rehearsing for their first major tour, North End Road, Fulham, London, July 1973
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Freddie Mercury of Queen performs at the Rainbow Theatre, London, November 1974
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Freddie Mercury of Queen, London 1975
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Queen in concert Madison Square Garden, New York 1977
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Freddie Mercury of Queen, London 1973
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Kai Schäfer

Kai Schäfer is an acclaimed German photographer with a passion for vinyl records and iconic turntables. His celebrated ‘WORLDRECORDS’ project has been creating waves in his homeland. Kai’s monumental artworks create a talking point in any room in which they feature – particularly in large formats, which can be up to 82 inches / 210 cm wide. Each artwork features a key album or single on a classic turntable, photographed from a direct overhead position using a special lighting system designed by Kai to reveal rich details in the vinyl and the turntable.  He has created one Queen limited edition so far – A Night At The Opera– which you can see here, but Kai will also undertake personal commissions to photograph there Queen record of your choice one one of his range of turntables. Check out his work here.

Queen – A Night At The Opera – on Dual 1219
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Neal Preston

Neal Preston has been taking photographs most of his life and his extensive collection covers some of music’s greatest moments and personalities. His love of photography began in his early teens. As Neal explains: “Some kids get behind the wheel of a car at 14 or 15 and know instinctively what the clutch does, what the brakes do. When I got my first camera, I knew what to do”.

On photographing Queen Neal says, “I spent a lot of time on the road with Queen, and Freddie was, without question, a photographer’s dream subject.”

Freddie Mercury, Mask
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Freddie Mercury, props
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Freddie Mercury, groovy
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Freddie Mercury, tights
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Freddie Mercury, spotlight
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Freddie Mercury, Wembley
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 One of Neal best know photographs is of Freddie Mercury at London’s Wembley Stadium. “Sometimes, you just get it right and everything falls into place perfectly. I recently looked over the original proof sheet and realised that this was the third frame I’d shot that day. I could have taken the rest of the day off.” – Neal Preston

Freddie Mercury – Live, 1981
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Queen, live
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Queen, backstage
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Freddie Mercury, 1982
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Martyn Goddard

Martyn Goddard became a regular face on the New Wave music scene of the seventies and early eighties. This was an era of LP picture discs with serious budgets requiring creative photography. Martyn made album cover photographs for The Jam, Blondie, The Cure and others over the course of a 20 year career.

Martyn’s introduction to Queen came in 1975 via the PR at Elton John’s Rocket Records. Martyn explains “Elton’s manager John Reid had recently taken over the management of Queen, who had by this time become stratospheric. I had a good portfolio of images of the band playing live at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974, which Disc magazine had run as a cover story, so the management assigned me to photograph the band’s Hyde Park and Cardiff Castle gigs.”

Freddie Mercury, Southampton, May 1977
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Freddie Mercury in white leotard, Hyde Park
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Freddie Mercury in black leotard, Hyde Park
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Queen, “You’re My best Friend’ video shoot with candles
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