Internationally recognized music photography curator — Raj Prem was happy to learn about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which appeared on eBay in February. He believes these photos to be a treasure for the lovers of rock history and photography.
The 200 images are part of 3,500 previously unpublished photos shot by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The images remained private throughout Bonis’ life and stayed undiscovered in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos saw the light of day, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures per month over the period of two years. Sold through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the photos are priced starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are sold first-come-first-serve rather than through an auction and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also volunteered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a gesture Prem believes can increase the value of the pictures and make them worth more than their actual cost.
Depicting the history of rock music between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been exhibited in different countries and galleries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically acclaimed exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which features the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much interested in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has showcased in more than 95 exhibitions, featuring the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al who have immortalized John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over four decades.
Owner of the extensive Raj Prem Fine Art Photography collection depicting iconic bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, Prem is passionate about music from the 1960s and the 1970s. The former music journalist became an avid collector after a conversation with SFAE gallery owner Theron Kabrich in 1996. Within just one year, he had numerous epochal pictures to take part in SFAE’s first rock photography show, which was also the first of its kind worldwide. Prem has taken his collection across the world, sharing the shots he collected over the course of 18 years and often exhibiting them at SFAE, London’s Atlas Gallery, Snap Gallery, and Proud Galleries, which show some very rare Abbey Road prints. In addition, he has provided rights to publications such as FT.com and NME.com, allowing them to post some of these images on their sites or magazines, contributing to the worldwide distribution of some of the most iconic shots ever taken of the beloved rock stars.
Raj Prem Collection of Rare Photography: http://rajpremcollection.com
The Raj Prem Interviews - On Jerry Schatzberg, 60's London, Ethan Russel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=degPYCKcQmI
Raj Prem - Curator of Rare Photography: http://rajpremcurator.com
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