The first-ever exhibition by Harrogate music photographer Stuart Rhodes is a fascinating and excellently-laid out tour round recent rock and pop history both local and global.
Taking place at Harrogate Theatre, the collection of pictures includes an amazing shot of a very youthful Take That.
Clearly off their guard, it says a lot about Stuart’s relaxed charm with his subejcts, an essential part of any decent photographer.
Other memorable shots in Behind The Lens, a Harrogate International Festival Fringe event include early pictures of Boy George and The Pet Shop Boys, along side Kaiser Chiefs, Noah & The Whale, Jackson Brown, Steve Howe, Chris Rea, David Gray, Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner and Paloma Faith.
There are also pictures of local artists Wally, Rob Reynolds, The Birdman Rallies, Youcef Preston, D’Nile, Dan Cope, Farrah and other young upcoming talent on the local live music circuit.
Talking to Stuart in the Stalls Bar, he said: “I first started taking photographs of artists performing for various fanzines in the 1990’s and progressed onto bigger publications and bigger artists.
“Choosing the photographs for the exhibition has been the hardest part. As this is for the Harrogate International Festival Fringe I wanted to use plenty of images of local artists. However, to broaden the appeal of the exhibition I needed to include some celebrities.
“In the end I had to be ruthless and force myself to go from an initial list of 600 to a final 30 on the quality of the photograph in that it stood out for me against the others.
“I particularly like capturing the movement, expressions, the look in an artists eye. My photographs of musicians are basic photographs with minimum editing. I don’t like digital enhancements really.
“The whole exhibition would not have been possible without the sponsor Dean Houseman, Managing Director of Studio One - The design & Creative Sign Studio based here in Harrogate. Their expertise is being used in the printing and mounting of the photographs.