”Music, and more particularly musicians, have played a part in my career as a photographer that was never intended. I never set out to be a musical photographer in the way that some have. And yet now in the twilight of my long and varied career, I find it is music and musicians who have provided me not only with some great pictures, but also some of the finest memories that I have. The melody does linger on, and the songs never die. I now believe that the greatest benefit to mankind (usually and rightly attributed to doctors) really belongs also to songwriters, singers and musicians.”
Proud Galleries have available to purchase here, 6 portraits of John Lennon. One of the most recognisable faces in the world, even now, John Lennon is one of the most celebrated musical icons of the last century, his songs still endlessly popular. Tom Hanley’s relationship with Lennon began in the early 1960s as he started to work with the Beatles. Given unrestricted access to the superstar group, Hanley was able to capture the more intimate moments behind closed doors while ‘Beatlemania’ gripped the world and for some time after, as he built relationships with the band members.
His portraits of Lennon are particularly striking and they reveal a softer side to the musical genius. The collection includes portraits of Lennon at his piano working on ‘Imagine’, widely considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time; and relaxing at home with his wife, Yoko Ono, as well as more playful shots of the Beatles together. A collection that includes never before seen images and comprises vintage prints, this exhibition is a poignant and touching memorial to John Lennon 30 years after his death.
‘I look at their photographs and I hear their music’ is how Tom Hanley describes his decade-spanning career in music photography. He found himself to be among the first photographers to witness the dawn of the Beatles, having been introduced to the band whilst working as staff photographer at Today Magazine. He was able to capture an age in music which saw an abundance in diversity and The British Invasion. Surprisingly, Tom decided to evade the British Invasion and turned his focus on freelance work which saw him embark on a journey of his own.
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