Project Description

Golden Faces showcases Martyn Goddard’s photographs of The Jam taken between 1977 and 1980

Martyn Goddard’s images played a key part in defining The Jam’s image on record sleeves. He shot the cover for their first album, In the City, and continued to work with them creating images that would appear on the sleeves of many of their singles: “All Around The World”, “The Modern World” “News of the World”, “David Watts”, “Down In The Tube At Midnight”, and “Strange Town”. His final project with the band was to shoot the images that would appear on the cover of their fifth studio album, Sound Affects, in 1980.

In addition to his sleeve assignments, Goddard photographed the band in the studio for press and promotion purposes. The Golden Faces exhibition takes the very best of Martyn’s Jam archive and presents a carefully curated mix of well loved and previously unseen images of the band, capturing both formal studio portraits and behind the scenes moments. This is the first time that Martyn’s Jam images have been the subject of a gallery exhibition.

A selection of his photographs also appear in the Somerset House summer 2015 exhibition The Jam: About The Young Idea, and in the book Growing Up…. With The Jam.