The Black and White Collection
Exclusively at The Book Club
Thurs 4th November – Fri 31st December 2010
Growing up in Bedford, England, amongst like-minded music enthusiasts Andy Willsher was strongly influenced by David Bowie as well as pretty much all of the Goth bands of the late 80’s at the time. Luckily for Andy there was a small music venue in town where most of the bands played. 'The perfect scenario' I thought; "I’ll go along and take some pictures. So the likes of 'Ghostdance', 'Zodiac Mindwarp', 'Fields of 'The Nephilim' (and many more people dressed in black throwing flour everywhere) started my portfolio". Andy decided to ignore college and get a real job so he could afford the next Canon model he had been craving. Whilst working at Barclays Bank in the West End, Andy took a holiday to follow a band called 'The Hollow Men' around the far reaches of Scotland and Ireland. "I decided from that point that this was the life for me. One step further down the line I was working in my local camera shop to try and gain some knowledge. I think it was around this time I started printing up my own pictures and sending them to the music press in the vain hope they’d want to use one".
Finally that time did arrive and after a few shots had been published, Andy then got a phone call from NME Towers; 'Do you fancy shooting 'The Family Cat' at a school in Crewe?'. Andy continues to photograph for NME, his credits includes Jeff Buckley, Arthur Lee, U2, White Stripes and many more iconic bands/artists.
Andy's work has captured the music culture of our times and this exhibition celebrates his 20 years in music and in photography standing next to the other photographers who inspired him, such as Anton Corbijn, Ellen Von Unwerth, Pennie Smith and Mick Rock.
In Andy’s own words "It just felt like the right time to have an exhibition".
The exhibition features a limited edition shot of Liam Gallagher from Birmingham Institue back in 1993.
Private view Thursday 4th November 6pm - 2am at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London. EC2A 4RH
The night will also feature a great line up of special guest DJs.
For more please visit::http://andywillsher.com/