The next exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery is a touring show of rock photographs from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock comprises over 100 photographs by Harry Hammond from the V&A collection, capturing the emergence of British rock.
Hammond (1920-2009) was the first great photographer of British rock ‘n’ roll. Starting in the late 1940s, he took definitive images of virtually every leading British musician. Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock can be seen at Scarborough Art Gallery from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 16 June 2013.
It features many of Hammond’s most famous images of leading British artists, including The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey, as well as those of many visiting American artists including Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. As well as photos of artists performing, it provides an insight into the wider music industry – Tin Pan Alley, recording studios, disc jockeys and TV shows such as Oh Boy! The photographs are set against a soundtrack of rock music from the 50s and 60s.
Hammond captured the liberal, post-war public attitude that embraced the popular music culture of rock ‘n’ roll and earned respect not only for the innovative way he shot their performances, but also for his respect of his sitters’ private lives.
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