Raj Prem Collection Provides Work For Rolling Stones Photobook

Raj Prem’s work is legendary in rock photography circles. Including snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan and rocks other greats, his life’s path has focused on tracking down the rarest and most iconic photos available. In order to make sure the top images are viewable by fans, he works alongside photo takers – representing them, managing their archives and organizing events. A legendary collector, Prem along with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) hosted the world’s first rock photography exhibit in 1997, based upon his belief that these photos are indeed true art. He has worked with many renowned shooters: Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The former rock journalist keeps a special place in his collection for the Rolling Stones, however. Shots of the Stones’ 1965 US tour highlighted at that very first exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which depicted the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to leaders of the counter culture wave, were obtained largely due to Prem’s hard work. Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life credits many snaps to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.

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