Raj Prem Increasing Public Visibility Of Legendary Rock Photos

The collection Prem has accumulated is a fabled one in rock photography circles. Featuring snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his life’s passion has resulted in the procurement of the rarest and most captivating images he could find. In order to provide access to the best images for fans, he also collaborates with those who took the photos – representing some, managing their archives and promoting exhibitions. A true entrepreneur of photo collecting, Prem is a long time collaborator with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe), and in 1997 launched the world’s first rock photograph show, highlighting his position that the best photos are indeed fine art. He has worked with numerous legendary photographers, with Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd among them. The recognized music journalist holds a special spot for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as those from the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that very first exhibition along with those from “The Decca Years”, which depicted the Rolling Stones evolution from chart toppers to leaders of the counter culture movement, continue to astound fans and were procured largely because of Prem’s insistence. Take a read of Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and one will notice that a large portion of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.

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