It’s a story that would give any photographer sleepless nights. A classic photo-session for one of the biggest bands on the planet, The Rolling Stones, for the cover of one of their most critically acclaimed albums, 1971‘s Sticky Fingers. Disaster then strikes, as British photographer Peter Webb’s negatives go missing soon after the shoot. Then, out of nowhere, they are discovered again after a gap of almost 40 years.
In early 1972 Peter entrusted his photographer brother-in-law with the safe keeping of an unmarked folder of negatives, which was, as Peter recalls now, “…an essential detail which I had conveniently forgotten, in the excitement of being hired by Ridley Scott to direct commercials, and the dark room became a cutting room overnight. He called me to say he had found an unmarked bag of negatives amongst his own which “…could be the Rolling Stones.”
Contained in their pristine negative sleeves, were the strip containing the actual album sleeve image, all the best group shots from the session, and also an unexpected further delight: some individual plate camera portraits of Jagger and Richards which had never been seen before.
We offer Peter’s photographs in signed limited editions in a choice of physical sizes, some going up to six feet wide – click on the buttons as you scroll down to view prices and sizes for specific images. If you have the space, I can tell you that the fine detail means that these photographs look spectacular in large sizes. We also offer collectors a beautiful large-format limited edition signed book—which preserves all the remaining surviving photographs from Peter’s historic session with the Stones. Scroll down for all the details.