Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Magnificent new London show of Blonde On Blonde-era photographs

Jerry Schatzberg’s Blonde On Blonde-era Dylan photographs are now showing in a new London exhibition at Proud Central gallery, near Charing Cross station.

If you’re in London in the next couple of months, make time for this magnificent exhibition. The gallery is showing about 50 pieces – the familiar Blonde On Blonde cover shoot, including THAT portrait, plus many pics you probably won’t have seen before – several were new to me, at least.

The signed limited editions silver gelatin prints are on sale at prices ranging from £900 to an eye-watering £16,350 (plus VAT).

The show is popular. When I called in on Saturday afternoon, the second day of the two-month run, there were about ten other Dylanistas circulating, in awe. The small gallery is playing Bob songs on shuffle so you can easily spend an hour there.

Thin Wild Mercury: Photographs Of Bob Dylan by Jerry Schatzberg, runs at Proud Central, John Adam Street London WC2 (just behind Charing Cross station) from 21 Nov to 25 January.


Gerry Smith