Royals, Rockers and Rebels
Iconic images is thrilled to exhibit an ambitiously eclectic series of images examining the contrast between society’s outliers. Royals, Rockers and Rebels plots three fringe points on the cultural map: the staggering pomp and history that defines the monarchy; the obsessive creativity and hedonistic excess that fuels rock’n’roll; and the maverick charisma exuded by those who go against society’s grain.
Highlighting an ensemble of internationally renowned photographers, including Gered Mankowitz, Neil Leifer, Terry O’Neill, Bill Wyman, Kevin Cummins, Greg Brennan, Lawrence Fried, Denis O’Regan, Michael Ward, Justin de Villeneuve and Peter Hince, this exhibition will provoke new parallels and distinctions between remarkable individuals who, while they operate in vastly disparate corners of society, help shape and define our culture.
As soon as cameras were invented, photographers realized that by taking an image, they were recording history; whether that be a riot or war, love or folly. Photographers have always been on the frontlines of the revolution. Iconic Images will be showcasing several photographers who spend their careers helping define – visually - what they bore witness to; whether that be of a war correspondent sending images back to the press, or images of young bands on brink of superstardom, great fighters ready to go to battle in the ring, a split-second tragic event, exceptional street photography documenting how we live, post-war fashion photography with an editorial point-of-view or everyday people showcasing strength and courage amidst the ruins.
The photographers we are highlighting are image makers – reporters with cameras – and their works shown at this year’s Photo London tell many stories and document the way we live through their lens.