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Be Taken On A Heady Visual Journey At Jim Lee's Photography Exhibition

Here's a preview of some of the images London-based photographer and film director, Jim Lee will be exhibiting at South London's leading Ferrari and Maserati dealership next month.

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Ossie Clark Aeroplane 1969

© Jim Lee


London-based photographer and film director, Jim Lee has teamed up with Lou Proud Photographs and South London’s leading Ferrari and Maserati dealership, Joe Macari Performance Cars, to exhibit a selection of key works from his career spanning over five decades.

Starting on 6 July and running until 12 July, his photographs will be set against a backdrop of some of the fastest cars money can buy and the heady visual journey begins in the 1960s.


© Jim Lee

After working as a fashion photographer with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace and Ossie Clark, Lee switched to film directing, creating hundreds of commercials for such mammoth names as Guinness, American Express, Coca-Cola and Elizabeth Arden. His earlier photographs now form part of the permanent collection at the V&A Museum, London, with additional photographs held in the archives of Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum.

With an eye for the bizarre, abstract and glamorous, Jim’s photographs are strongly influenced by his life, and he lists early Helmut Newton, Guy  Bourdin  and Norman Rockwell as major influences.


Martha Hill

© Jim Lee


His life has been anything but dull. Lee left the UK for Australia on the ocean liner, Oriana, aged 17, discovered his father was a spy in 1965, miraculously came back to life after 19 days in a coma and tragically lost his son, Orlando, in a car accident when he was just 13 years old. 

Being a photographer with such a colourful and sometimes controversial past means he’s met scores of interesting people along the way, including once racing driver now performance car specialist, Joe Macari. Talking about their friendship, Jim says: "Joe and I go back a long way. I first met Joe when he was 17; he fell in love with my car – a 911 Porsche Turbo – and later employed my son, Jack, to clean cars for him when he was going through a tough time. As a thank you I gave Joe one of my photographs, which he still has in his office. Our relationship grew and we have been firm friends ever since."

After storing his photographs at Joe’s showroom following his Somerset House exhibition, they discussed curating an exhibition at his vast Wimbledon showroom. Jim’s first choice was Lou Proud, former Head of Photographs at auction house, Phillips, and part of the team who successfully launched his previous work - Arrested.

Boxing, NY, Win 1977

© Jim Lee


‘I knew Lou was the perfect person to curate this exhibition,’ says Jim. ‘Firstly, she’s an independent curator at the top of her game, secondly, she knows and likes my work and has sold it before, and thirdly, the contacts she has built up over the past 20 years are the perfect match for my work.’

‘But, most importantly, Lou is an adorable person with an incredibly refreshing, visionary approach to photography. This exhibition will bring together our shared interests and celebrate not only art and cars, but a mutual respect for each other’s work.’

Talking about Lee, Proud says: "When Jim and I met, we immediately got on; we have a similar maverick outlook. I see him as an important mentor – he has experienced so much of life and always has solid, kind advice outside our world of photography.


Cops Rome

© Jim Lee


Jim’s images really speak to me. I’m attracted to the way he creates these very particular pastiches. There’s an emotive texture of time and place and a feeling of great style, while at the same time making you feel like you’re experiencing something different. His pictures take you to a place you want to be, where everyone is hugely classy, smells of heady perfume and is naughtily sexy in a discreet way – he’s like a rock ‘n’ roll Cecil Beaton.

So many people are attracted to Jim’s work. People who love long, elongated women, glamour, hedonism, fashion, those who scraped though staying alive in the ‘60s and ‘70s and those who love elegance with a sense of humour."



© Jim Lee


The exhibition aims to let people really experience and enjoy his work in unique surroundings. Commenting on the location for the exhibition, Lee says: "Joe has this beautifully designed, gargantuous space full of incredible cars that will work perfectly with my photographs – we hope it will make a real impact on people visiting the exhibition."

Many of Lee’s best-known photographs will be on show during the week-long exhibition, including Ossie Clark Aeroplane, Beachy Head and Willie Midget, along with other more rarely seen images.

Jim Lee Exhibition in association with Lou Proud Photographs and Joe Macari

  • When: 6-12 July, 10am-6pm
  • Where: Joe Macari Performance Cars, 249-251 Merton Road, London,SW18 5EB
  • For more information go to: jimlee.tv, louproudphotographs.com or joemacari.com



Chimney pot fire

© Jim Lee



© Jim Lee


Window brushing teeth and reading the paper

© Jim Lee


Ossie Clark

© Jim Lee

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