Displaying the chronicles of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been revealed in many countries and galleries globally, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically popular exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which proves the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s progress from chart hits to rock movement groundbreakers. Prem is very much enthralled with Bonis’ Beatles photographs to augment the many pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, underscoring the works of photographers such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have respected John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than forty years.
The 200 images belong to the 3,500 the hidden photos taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between the years 1964 and 1966. The photographs persisted to be private through Bonis’ life and remained concealed in his cellar even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were uncovered, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to unveil 10 pictures every month over the period of two whole years. Sold through eBay’s art and figurines store, the photos are estimated starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are vended first-come-first-serve in place of an auction and 10% of the profits will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other popular charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, an act Prem trusts can develop the worth of the shots and make them more significant than their actual cost.
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’.
Without a doubt, viewpoints in music are some of the most personal that exist, so general statements about songs and artists are often difficult to back up persuasively. Nevertheless, there are some that are simply impossible to argue. One of those few generally held sentiments is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. From a musical angle alone, a convincing case can be made as the band has created some of the most unforgettable and iconic songs the category has seen. Though, it may be the visual aspect of the band that really sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones set the benchmark for how a rock band should appear and behave. Now, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is offering an unparalleled look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. And along with photos and graphics from the band’s personal archives, many previously unseen, renowned photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of amazing prints for this definitive book.
The buzz in Prem’s exciting exhibit comes with ongoing success working with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE). According to the celebrated collector, working with the SFAE has remained an important component of this and many other rock-based exhibitions. “I value the opportunity to work with SFAE owners and directors Jim Hartley and Theron Kabrich,” Prem recently stated. “We’ve done 40 plus exhibitions together over 18 years. SFAE was the first gallery in the world to showcase the music photography genre and is probably the most successful outlet for celebrity photography.” Raj Prem explained that the Beatles are only one of many exhibitions he has facilitated with the SFAE over the years: “Jointly we’ve co-produced several exhibitions of top UK and US photographers, including Robert Freeman, Iain MacMillan, Terry O’Neill and Dominique Tarle .” For Prem, the 50 year Beatles anniversary showcase aims to not only stimulate original fans about their musical heroes, but also deliver to younger fans direct access into what rock and roll stands up for.
Demand for all things Beatles helped Raj Prem’s decision, with an upfront goal with the exhibition to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something new and exciting. This prompted him to find a series of rarely seen photographs from the group’s most important years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to recreate what fans originally felt over 50 years ago.
Rock and roll showcaser Raj Prem discusses his release of a new collection of rare and mostly unseen photographs of society’s favorite pop group: The Beatles. The exhibition follows another major milestone for these legends of rock and roll – over 50 years since the band’s first iconic showing on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania lifted the group into the international spotlight, the impulse to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the show grew like a wildfire. The public wanted a look into all aspects of their lives. Legendary photographer Robert Freeman helped make this wish a reality through personal access into the Beatles’ lives and showcasing them in many of the most iconic shots in the history of the celebrated foursome.