Alec Byrne’s Unseen archives


Proud Central gallery, in London, presents London Rocks: The Unseen Archive by Alec Byrne, until 28th January.

The exhibition showcases original portraits, stage set, concerts photos by acclaimed former NME photographer Alec Byrne who came to prominence working in London during the 60’s and 70’s, putting the spotlight on the young generation of musicians and artists who were at the forefront of London’s music evolution.

Bringing together previously unseen materials from Byrne’s rediscovered and surviving archive, the exhibition coincides with the UK launch of the photographer’s exclusive collector’s book, containing essays and pictures. His work is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Portrait Gallery, London, among other prestigious collections.

Featuring youthful portraits of David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Marc Bolan, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, the exhibition captures unprecedented moments in British music history.

The show is accompanied by Byrne’s comprehensive book ‘London Rock: The Unseen Archive’, distributed by Ebury Publishing.

Image: Iggy Pop, King’s Cross Cinema, London, Jul. 15 1972 © Alec Byrne.