Music Photography Collector who is notable worldwide, Raj Prem was very happy to know more about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which are presently available on eBay in February. He is certain that these photos will be wealth for the followers of rock history and photography.
Globally commended music photography curator Raj Prem was overjoyed to learn about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which were available on eBay in February. He considers these photos to be a gem for the lovers of rock history and photography.
It is no surprise, then, that when the band and the publishers of this conclusive volume were gathering what needed to be the definitive in Rolling Stones prints, they contacted Prem soon. Comprising over 500 pages of images from some of the time’s photography legends, The Rolling Stones will consist of a limited collector’s edition run of 1,500 units – each one numbered and signed by the band. Also, six art editions will feature runs of only 75 each and come with a photographic print. The fact that number of photos from Raj Prem’s collection, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, have been incorporated in this book, which seeks to tell the tale of the Stone’s storied history, is something that truly means the world to the collector and fits effortlessly with his spirit. As he has been seen quoting: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”
Prem’s collection is almost unreal in rock photography circles. Showcasing snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his dedication has resulted in his tracking down the rarest and most enchanting photos he could find. To ensure the finest images are available to fans, he also works with photographers – representing them, managing their archives and organizing exhibitions. An absolute frontrunner, Prem and long time collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s first rock photography show in 1997, emphasizing his belief that these photos are indeed fine art. He has worked with many photography legends, including Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The former music journalist holds a special place in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour exhibited at that foremost exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which represented the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to leaders of the counter culture movement, have impressed audiences and were secured largely due to Prem’s devotion. Read Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will observe that many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.