The Rolling Stones / Backstage
In 2017, veteran British music photographer Gered Mankowitz will revisit his legendary Rolling Stones archive for a new Paris exhibition and signed limited edition book. Off The Hook: The Rolling Stones by Gered Mankowitz, an exhibition of the best of Gered’s Stones’ photography from 1965-67.
Taken at the height of their early British fame and during their fourth American tour, the exhibition and book will feature a combination of iconic material and previously unpublished images.
Gered was with the band constantly between 65-67 and this unique collection of photographs offers an intimate insight into the personalities of the Rolling Stones as they became world famous. He became part of the Stones’ inner circle and was treated as another member of the band. This gave him complete and unrestricted access to their on and offstage life.
Gered Mankowitz was encouraged to take up photography as a teenager by film star and family friend Peter Sellers. Gered was introduced to the Rolling Stones when he was just 18 by their manager Andrew Loog Oldham after photographing Marianne Faithfull, another Oldham protégé. “Andrew thought I had a rawness, a quality to my photography that would somehow work with the Stones.” says Gered
Starting in 1965 their first session would result in an album cover for Out of Our Heads, and several subsequent EP sleeves, sheet music covers, press portraits and even the band’s passport photos. The success of this first shoot cemented the band’s trust and in autumn of that year he joined them on their fourth North American tour. He flew out with just the band and founder member turned road manager Ian Stewart. The team criss-crossed America as the band played live for six weeks, ending the visit at RCA studios Los Angeles where they recorded tracks for the Aftermath album
The exhibition features well known images from all of Gered’s major sessions with the band, including key album cover sessions for Out of Our Heads, and the Between The Buttons, together with a selection of little known and unseen photographs, in dramatic large formats, some up to six feet high.