Raj Prem and Pattie Boyd Showcase Photographs of George Harrison and Eric Clapton at SFAE
BY MARKETWIRED .
APRIL 2, 2015
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/15 -- Pattie Boyd lived the rock star life and documented it through her camera lens. Married first to George Harrison and then to Eric Clapton, Boyd has been known as the muse who inspired two of the greatest love songs in rock history -- Harrison's "Something" and Clapton's "Layla." Her access and life within the music world was unprecedented and she recorded it all in the moment, writing a popular column at the time, "Pattie's Letter From London," for 16 Magazine and shooting thousands of photographs. An extensive collection of 70 pieces just debuted in the latest show "Shared Memories: Photographs by Pattie Boyd" on February 17, curated by Pattie Boyd for the San Francisco Art Exchange, an institution that has become a favorite amongst rock fans, thanks to the outstanding exhibitions they have realized together with art expert Raj Prem. An internationally acclaimed curator and collector whose extensive photograph exhibition featuring rock legends from the 1960s and 70s, Prem pioneered the concept of music photography. Until his first show premiered at SFAE in 1996, little attention or artistic credence was given to the often candid snaps backstage and in real-life.
"Shared Memories: Photographs By Pattie Boyd" includes revealing images of her former husbands, Harrison and Clapton, of course, along with many other intimate and revealing pictures of Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood, and Ronnie Wood among others. Several other portraits stem from a collaboration between Boyd and Ronnie Wood -- who, besides being one of the Rolling Stones, has become a renowned painter in his own right -- when Wood was commissioned by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a triptych portraying 50 celebrities. Wood asked Boyd to photograph each person as studies for the massive mural, and Boyd credits the experience with deepening her range as a portraitist. Prem is responsible for first bringing Pattie Boyd's work to public light, with a 2005 exhibition of her solo works, which likely increased the publicity of the current SFAE show, in which nearly every print was sold, priced from $1,400 to $3,000.
It was a deep love for the Rolling Stones in particular -- for the stories behind the photos -- and the almost mystical sense of access each photograph represents which propelled Raj Prem to international prominence as a curator. He told the Financial Times in 2011, "It's the back stories I find really interesting. At the time, of course, I was a fairly studious, short-haired boy living in Richmond: I had no idea what was going on around me." But when he saw his first copy of Rolling Stone magazine he was struck by the visuals, "I wasn't as enamored of the polemical text as I was by the images, which burnt themselves into my mind."
Raj Prem has staged 95 exhibitions over the course of 18 years. His company, Raj Prem Fine Art Photography, has collaborated on 40 of them with San Francisco Art Exchange and its owners, Theron Kabrich and Jim Hartley. Along with Pattie Boyd, Prem has worked with all the top rock photographers of that era, including Robert Freeman, Michael Cooper, Michael Joseph, Peter Webb, Iain Macmillan (the Abbey Road collection), Jerry Schatzberg, Terry O'Neill and Dominique Tarlê. His collection has been exhibited in countries around the world, including the Snap Gallery, Atlas Gallery, and Proud Galleries, where The Beatles fan can awe at some particularly rare Abbey Road prints.
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George Harrison In Bed, Madras, India, 1968
"The Maharishi had invited us all to go to India to his ashram in the Indian Himalaya. We were there studying meditation for two and a half months. While the other three Beatles went back to London to start the beginning of their Apple empire, George and I went to Madras for a week’s relaxation. I took this photograph of George one morning, as I thought the light on his face was lovely. I think this was the last time that I saw him looking so calm."—Pattie Boyd
George Harrison, Album Cover Idea, Los Angeles, 1972
Ringo Starr, Jim Horn, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins, Jim Keltner and entertainment attorney Abe Somer, pose for an album cover shoot at Somer's Los Angeles home. Several photographers were assigned to this shoot, which resulted in the interior gatefold of Harrison's Living in the Material World in 1973.
John Lennon & Maharishi, India, 1968
Pattie Boyd was instrumental in the Beatle’s interest in India and Eastern philosophy and music. It was on her suggestion that they go to meet Maharishi and explore Transcendental Meditation which soon became a major feature of George Harrison's daily life. John Lennon is captured here at Maharishi's ashram, where The Beatles visited to study meditation. He wrote the song Sexy Sadie about his time there.
George Harrison & Maharishi, India, 1968
Pattie Boyd was instrumental in the Beatle’s and particularly George Harrison’s interest in India and Eastern philosophy and music. It was on her suggestion that they go to meet Maharishi and explore Transcendental Meditation which soon became a major feature of George's daily life. George is captured here showing Maharishi some polaroids during a lecture.
Paul McCartney & John Lennon, India, 1968
Pattie Boyd was instrumental in the Beatle’s interest in India and Eastern philosophy and music. It was on her suggestion that they go to meet Maharishi and explore Transcendental Meditation which soon became a major feature of George Harrison's daily life. Paul and John are captured here sharing a moment of quiet conversation.
Pattie and George in the Rose Garden, 1968
Pattie and George Harrison pose for a self portrait in their rose garden at Kinfauns. ''This is when George and I lived in a house in Esher, Surrey, England. I had been waiting all spring for these gorgeous roses to bloom, so I was absolutely thrilled they all seemed to bloom at the same time." - Pattie Boyd
George on the Ferry to Isle of Skye, 1971
George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on their way to the Isle of Skye on a ferry named Loch Arkaig, to get away and to visit their longtime friend, the folk-singer Donovan.
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends Onstage, 1969
George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends during part of a European tour in December, 1969. The tour included Eric Clapton, among many other talents, and is said to have inspired George to learn slide guitar.
John & Paul with Super 8, India, 1968
Pattie Boyd was instrumental in the Beatle’s interest in India and Eastern philosophy and music. It was on her suggestion that they go to meet Maharishi and explore Transcendental Meditation which soon became a major feature of George Harrison's daily life. Paul McCartney is captured here recording his experiences in Rishikesh on a Super 8 Camera.
Paul, Ringo & John II, 1968 [Scratch]
Pattie Boyd was instrumental in the Beatle’s interest in India and Eastern philosophy and music. It was on her suggestion that they go to meet Maharishi and explore Transcendental Meditation which soon became a major feature of George Harrison's daily life. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon are captured here hanging out on their trip to Rishikesh, India to study meditation with the famous Maharishi.
Paul, Ringo & John, 1968
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon on a trip to Rishikesh, India at Maharishi's ashram, where The Beatles visited to study meditation. While there, the group composed the majority of The Beatles a.k.a. The White Album which was released that summer.
George Harrison and Rainbow, Friar Park, 1990s
George Harrison admiring a whole rainbow beyond his beloved gardens, at his home Friar Park. Pattie and George remained close throughout his life.
George Harrison on the Isle of Skye, 1971
"George Harrison was never happy with his celebrity status. He hated being recognised, people feeling that they owned him and never giving him any peace, and it had got to the point where we simply stopped going out altogether. So the trip to Skye was the most wonderful experience, for both of us." - Pattie Boyd
George, Ronnie, Krissy & Kumar, Friar Park, 1974
"George, Ronnie & Krissy Wood with Ravi Shankar's nephew Kumar and Joss Stick our siamese cat, at Friar Park. We had been up all night and were still going strong." - Pattie Boyd
Pattie & George in Snow, Friar Park, 1991
Pattie and her sister Jenny visited Geroge Harrison on New Year's Day, 1991 and posed for pictures out in the garden. "This was our last picture taken together from my faithful tripod." - Pattie Boyd
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