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Check Out These Candid Images Captured By Former Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman

Check Out These Candid Images Captured By Former Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman - Former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman, is celebrating his 80th birthday with a photography exhibition at Proud Galleries.

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© 2016 Bill Wyman Archive (Bill Wyman/Ripple Productions Ltd)


Proud Galleries is set to host a candid and unique photographic exhibition by former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman.

'Around the World in 80 Years'  marks Wyman's 80th birthday, showcasing a series of iconic and many previously unpublished photographs that will give Rolling Stones fans a behind the scenes look at the band, from their early formative years to global sell-out shows and chart domination.

After being gifted with his first camera by his uncle, Wyman became interested in photography from a young age and has previously said that he loves photography as it allows him to capture historical moments that he can look back on. Wyman became acutely aware of how others framed their shots, always preferring to take photographs of people without their knowledge: "I prefer to keep out of the way and capture candid photographs that are unstaged and natural," he said. 


© 2016 Bill Wyman Archive (Bill Wyman/Ripple Productions Ltd)


Wyman first met Keith, Mick and Brian at The Wetherby Arms on the King's Road in December 1962, close to where they shared a flat in Edith Grove and was warmly welcomed into The Rolling Stones, bringing with him a new-found electricity to the band. During his time in the Stones, Wyman captured an up-front and personal look at the band from the inside, as the rest of the world had never seen them before. Soon his fellow band members became accustomed to Wyman and his camera, resulting in honest, natural shots of rare and private moments in their lives, whilst cutting tracks in the recording studio, barefoot during rehearsals and behind-the-scenes moments with family and friends.


© 2016 Bill Wyman Archive (Bill Wyman/Ripple Productions Ltd)


This photographic retrospective of Wyman's life on the road offers unique access to intimate moments and everyday scenes of one of the most prolific rock bands in history. Wyman has selected some of his personal favourite photographs from his extensive archive to be exhibited, including a glimpse of Brian Jones from the rearview mirror on the way to the 1967 European tour and Mick Jagger reading from the bible backstage before a concert for the blind. Staged at Proud Chelsea where it all began, 'Around the World in 80 Years' will showcase Wyman’s idiosyncratic style with a rare collection of striking photographs of The Rolling Stones, disrupting the stereotypical image of the rock 'n' roll icons and revealing an honest portrait of Bill Wyman and his life through the lens.


© 2016 Bill Wyman Archive (Bill Wyman/Ripple Productions Ltd)


Around the World in 80 Years: Photographs by Bill Wyman

  • Dates: 19 October 2016 - 27 November 2016
  • Times: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm
  • Entry: Free
  • Address:Proud Chelsea, 161 King's Road, London, SW3 5XP 
  • Website: www.proud.co.uk
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