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’.
Rock and roll memorabilia curator, Raj Prem, has announced the release of a new series of rare and mostly unseen photographs of everyone’s favorite Fab Four: The Beatles. The exhibition comes on the heels of another major milestone for these legends of rock and roll – over 50 years since the band’s first iconic concert and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania continued to skyrocket the group into the international spotlight, the desire to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage grew exponentially. Fans wanted a look into all aspects of their favorite rock stars and get a peak into the private lives. Legends like photographer Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish come true by getting intimate access into the Beatles’ world and showcasing them with some of the most iconic pictures in the history of rock.
Raj Prem, the internationally acclaimed curator and collector known for his photography exhibition featuring rock legends from the ‘60s and ‘70s, is proud to represent Peter Webb and his unseen “Sticky Fingers” Photos at SFAE. The photos were found 40 years after being lost in the loft of Peter Webb’s brother-in-law, and they have appeared in recent issues of Rolling Stone and Wall Street Journal. They were first showcased by Prem in the SFAE “Decca Years” exhibition seven years ago, which he co-produced.
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’.
Musical opinions are frequently some of the most subjective, with blanket statements about songs and bands often being difficult to convincingly uphold. There are a handful, though, that are simply impossible to disagree with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Musically, a firm case can be made as the band has created some of the most memorable and definitive songs the world has seen. However, it may be the visual imagery of the band that really sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones upped the standard for how a rock band should look and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have aligned with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year span in a collectible book titled appropriately, “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the band’s personal collections, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, is delivering a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.
This type of fanatical demand for all things Beatles was a motivation behind curator Raj Prem’s new exhibition. Prem wanted to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something fresh to see. This prompted him to identify a number of rarely seen shots taken during the group’s most pivotal years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to generate the same type of hype and enthusiasm that fans originally felt back then.
Rock and roll memorabilia keeper, Raj Prem, has reported the arrival of another set of uncommon and unique photos of the universally adored Fab Four: The Beatles. The exhibition comes in time of another milestone of the Rock and roll legends– more than fifty years since the band’s first famous show and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania kept on soaring the group came into the universal spotlight, the craving to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage developed exponentially. Fans needed more access into the private lives of the stars and wanted to know more about them. Legends like photographic artist Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish work out as expected by getting intimate access into the Beatles’ world and exhibiting them with the most symbolic pictures in the history of rock.