Project Description

Michael Putland didn’t have a day off in the seventies. At least that’s how it seemed to him at the time. And looking back, there’s just no other way he could have assembled a photographic archive of such immense breadth and depth. His A to Z would wrap around a small village. Michael started photographing musicians in the late sixties. He really hit his stride in the seventies and by the mid-eighties he had captured pretty much everyone of significance in the music business over the course of a twenty year career.

“My Generation” is Michael’s first solo exhibition in the UK and will consist of around 100 photographs which, as a body of work, represent a cross section of his career as a music photographer — from AC/DC to Frank Zappa, and back again, taking in Bowie, Bolan, Clapton, The Clash, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, The Who, The Rolling Stones and many many others. Michael has a very intimate and personal style of portraiture and combined this with a flair for live work. He is probably best known for his images of The Rolling Stones from their 1973 tour, which have been published in a lavish limited edition book “Pleased to Meet you” by Genesis Publications, but he has a rich seam of  material outside his Stones archive.

Michael will be at the gallery all day on the opening Saturday, 12 February, so please try and make time to pop down, have a glass of wine and a chat with him. Michael has consciously set initial prices for his work at a level which represents truly exceptional value in the current marketplace. Couple this with the additional special offers we are making at the beginning of the exhibition, and there simply has never been a better time to acquire a MIchael Putland original.

We hope you enjoy Michael’s exhibition and those that follow on, and very much look forward to seeing you.

Guy White

Gallery Director