Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946, the first son of the author and screen writer Wolf Mankowitz and the psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz.
He left school devoid of any academic qualifications aged 15 and served a short but intensive apprenticeship at Camera Press Ltd., having been inspired to pursue photography by the actor Peter Sellers.
Gered established his first studio in Mason’s Yard in 1963, in the very heart of 60s swinging London.
He met and photographed Marianne Faithfull in 1964, who was managed by the mercurial Andrew Loog Oldham, who also managed the Rolling Stones.
Gered started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965; he toured America with them and produced several album covers for the band. He continued working with them until 1967 by which time Gered was established as one of London’s leading rock photographers.
Early in 1967 Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix and the Experience producing, during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio, images of Jimi that would go on to become some of the most iconic and widely known portraits of the great musician.