A major new exhibition of photographs from the estate of late British photographer David Farrell has opened at Osborne Samuel gallery in London. Metro has worked with Georgia Adams, Farrell’s grand-daughter bringing the images back to their original glory with the expert technicians in our drum scanning department
and ultimately producing black & white resin prints
for the show.
Farrell is internationally renowned for his iconic images of many of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is the first collection of his work since his death aged 93, earlier last year and showcases images of many of his most famous sitters, from Louis Armstrong to Laurence Olivier, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones, alongside documentary works depicting domestic life in Britain and anonymous street subjects.
Farrell studied at the Royal College of Music in the 1930’s but after a period of service in the RAF as a pilot officer with Bomber Command during WW2 he abandoned his dreams of becoming a concert violinist and concentrated on photography, securing a significant commission from the British Council to photograph a series of well-known artists including Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and Barbara Hepworth. These portraits established his reputation and attracted regular commissions for newspapers and magazines, and in 1955 he received his first music assignment to photograph Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Thomas Beecham at the Bath Festival.
Over the next 30 years he went on to build an incredible collection of work through various assignments for London Weekend Television and Thames TV, photographing most of the pop stars of the period including Cilla Black, Tom Jones and The Beatles and later on working in theatre and film on more than 100 films and TV dramas alongside directors including Michael Winner and Ken Loach.