Acclaimed Rock and Roll photographer Jill Furmanovsky will present a free talk about her career photographing some of rock’s biggest and most notorious names at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
Furmanovsky will be joined on stage for a conversation by Akron native and Rock and Roll Hall Famer Chrissie Hynde. The talk coincides with Furmanovsky’s exhibition “Chunk of Punk,” which opens at the 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked on Friday, July 8.
Artists photographed in her 40-plus year career include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Police, Blondie, The Pretenders, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Florence and the Machine and many more. Furmanovsky’s work was displayed at the Akron Art Museum as a part of the 2011 “Who Shot Rock and Roll” Exhibition.
The exhibition, which was organized by the Brooklyn Museum, showcased photographers who helped create the visual identity of rock and roll. Her image of Florence Welsh graced the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 as part of the exhibition as it traveled to the Annenberg Space for Photography.
Furmanovsky will share pictures and stories from her career at the Akron Art Museum beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, followed by a conversation on stage with Akron rocker Chrissie Hynde, who Furmanovsky has photographed and filmed extensively. “Chunk of Punk” is a featured component of Punk Week in Akron, which will include concerts at Musica, 22 High Street Gallery, Hive Mind and Annabelle’s, as well as a free screening of “Who is Poly Styrene?” at the Nightlight Cinema.
Furmanovsky was born and brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her parents moved to London in 1965 when she was 11 years old and she became a member of the Beatles fan-club and an “Apple scruff” – one of the teenagers that hung around outside Abbey Road hoping to catch sight of the Fab Four. Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney standing outside his house with two of her school friends taken on a Kodak Instamatic.
Following a foundation course at Harrow School of Art, Furmanovsky studied textile and graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design. After only two weeks training in photography, she had a lucky break when she was offered (and gleefully accepted) the unpaid job of official photographer at London’s premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre, in 1972.
Her book “The Moment: 25 Years of Rock Photography” (1995) is a seminal work in the genre. Furmanovsky has received many awards for her music photography including The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award (1992) and “Woman of the Year” for Music and Related Industries (1988), and the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by Record of The Day Magazine.
Furmanovsky founded Rockarchive.com in in 1998, a unique collective of the world’s best rock’n’roll photographers. It was established to give fans and music lovers the opportunity to own some of the greatest music images ever taken. Based in London, Rockarchive.com produces and sells limited edition fine art prints that can be shipped all over the world.