Dury, Harry and Costello to name but three icons of the 70′s are featured in a bold photographic exhibition by Chris Gabrin at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight.
Last Friday we attended a private view of Chris Gabrin’s ‘From Hear To Photography – Ten Years Through The Looking Glass’ in the Olympus Gallery. As expected there was to be some iconic photography on display, so it was no surprise the opening at 5.30pm attracted a large interested audience.
The exhibition runs until 2nd October 2011 and as Island Pulse previously mentioned: encapsulates 10 years of Chris’s photographic career in the music industry.
Chris’s photographic rollercoaster ride through one of the most exciting decades in modern music, allowed him to produce unique, stunning imagery of Debbie Harry aka Blondie, Brinsley Schwarz, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric, The Dammed, The Stranglers, Motorhead, The Buzzcocks etc… while on location both here and in the USA.
The photographs on display are powerful and diverse in size and ‘revives the verve’ with images of new wave acts, bands and music artists.
Although predominately studio based portraiture, there are some larger than life portraits set against stark white backgrounds, and many others witty, sharp, colourful and inventive. Chris has managed to capture the vibrancy and attitude if not immortalize the sole of that decade, which any fan of that particular music culture will instantly recognise.
In contradiction to this particular body of work, Chris made the private view a family affair, sharing centre stage with three generations. It wasn’t difficult to spot a familiar celebrity face and we also discovered artistic talent is dominant within the Gabrin family.
Chris’s daughters (pictured) Lois Gabrin is about to graduate in art and design and recently worked, post production on My Week with Marilyn and Eve Steele as a writer not least an actress of notable fame. Eve has appeared many times on our screens in TV and Film Dramas but perhaps as she herself pointed out, better known to fans of Coronation Street for her role as psycho Freshco’s boss Anne Malone (circ 1998).
From From Hear To Photography – Ten Years Through The Looking Glass is well worth a visit and as good photography is timeless the only place to deeply appreciate that on the Isle of Wight is at Dimbola Photographic Museum & Galleries.
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