EXHIBITION OF 1960S ROCK & POP PHOTOGRAPHY
In October 2013, Big Bear Records and Management are set to celebrate 45 years in business.
Big Bear Records, probably the longest-established independent recording company in the UK are planning a series of events and projects to celebrate the milestone.
Prominent among which is the Photography Heritage Project, scanning and restoring the archive of music photographs dating from the 1960s. The vast majority of this collection, of over 2000 film negatives, have never been digitised and it is planned to do that over the twelve months from October with a view to properly publishing this unique collection of photographs taken by Jim Simpson.
To launch the project, a first selection of negatives has been digitised and will be exhibited as The Big Bear Collection of Photographs in Solihull Arts Complex from May 24th to June 10th.
The subject matter includes The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the first ever photographs of The Move and The Moody Blues, Chuck Berry, Marianne Faithfull, Spencer Davis Group, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker and more.
The photographs were taken during the mid-1960s, in Birmingham on a 2 ¼ square Mamiyaflex C3 camera.