Joe Bangay “photographer to the stars” retrospective exhibition at Blink Gallery

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Blink Gallery (on Spittal St) is to stage retrospective of the work of Marlow resident Joe Bangay, legendary photographer to the stars.

Glitterati’, will be a collection of iconic limited edition celebrity portraits by Joe. Featured in the show will be some of the greatest names in music, film, sports and politics from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The preview evening is on the 12 June at 7pm and is open to all, and the show runs until 1st July.

Joe has spent a lifetime behind the camera, initially on behalf of the Royal Air Force in Borneo and then for many years as a sought after Fleet Street snapper. It was in this capacity that Bangay gained access to the hedonistic music scene of 1960s swinging London. What followed was 3 decades spent documenting and befriending some of the world’s most famous and flamboyant faces.

From capturing rising stars like Madonna on her very first shoot in the Uk as well as Wham and U2 on the brink of stardom, to rare unguarded moments with the already super-famous, Joe met and shot them all.

As Joe’s fame grew he was permitted further into the glitterati’s inner circle, providing even more intimate access to the famous names of a generation. Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum, Oliver Reed Frank Sinatra, Rudolph Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger and George Best, to name but a few.

Now 85, Joe is still going strong and has worked closely with photographer and gallery director Fiona Hunter to select, print and frame the photos for this one-of-a-kind retrospective.


Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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