Raj Prem, the remarkable curator and collector celebrated for his photography exhibtions of rock icons from the decades of ‘60s and ‘70s, is proud to represent Peter Webb and his undiscovered work “Sticky Fingers” Photos at SFAE. The photos emerged after forty years of being misplaced in the attic of Peter Webb’s brother-in-law, and they have come up in current issues of Rolling Stone and Wall Street Journal. They were initially exhibited by Prem in the SFAE “Decca Years” exhibition seven years back, which was co-produced by him. The San Francisco Art Exchange, also known as SFAE, was the principal gallery in the world to show music photography category, and is probably the most successful channel for celebrity photography. To date, Raj Prem and SFAE have created over 40 exhibitions in more than 18 years, working with photographers including Robert Freeman (“Beatles for Sale” exhibition in 2013), Iain MacMillan (best-selling Abbey Road Collection), Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd.
The awe-inspiring need for all to do with the Beatles was the stimulus behind enthusiast Raj Prem’s latest exhibition. Prem’s single purpose was to give fans that already have a profound knowledge of the band something additional. This made him put together a series of uncommon photos during some of group’s most notable years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to develop the same kind of thrill and exhilaration that fans earlier felt over half a century ago.
Depicting the history of rock music between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been exhibited in different countries and galleries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically acclaimed exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which features the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much interested in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has showcased in more than 95 exhibitions, featuring the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al who have immortalized John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over four decades.
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Prem’s photo collection is legendary in rock photography arenas. Featuring iconic snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his passion has resulted in his locating the rarest and most captivating photos in the world. In order to make sure they are accessible to fans, he also works with photographers – representing them, managing their collections and hosting showcases. A true photography legend, Prem and long-running collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s foremost rock photography showcase in 1997, highlighting his belief that these photos are true art. He has worked with many photography greats, such as Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, and Terry O’Neill, in addition to Pattie Boyd. The legendary music journalist holds a special spot in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photos such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that initial exhibition and those within “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones evolution from chart rankers to leaders of the counter culture movement, have stunned audiences and were procured largely because of Prem’s dedication. Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life in fact credits many photos to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.