An exhibition to mark the 80th birthday of former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman opens in London this month. ‘Around the World in 80 Years’ features a series of iconic and rare photographs of the band, capturing an up-front and personal look at the band from the inside, providing a behind the scenes look at the trail blazing band, from their early formative years to global sell-out shows and chart domination.
Metro has been thrilled to be involved with the project by scanning
images from Wyman's archive and printing C Type
and black and white resin prints
for the exhibition at Proud Galleries, not far from The Wetherby Arms in King's Road where Wyman first met the rest of the band members Keith, Mick and Brian in December 1962.
Wyman became interested in photography from a young age, after being gifted his first camera from his uncle, expressing a fascination for photography because it “captured historical moments for me to look back on.” Becoming acutely aware of how others framed their shots Wyman always preferred to take photographs of people without their knowledge, "I prefer to keep out of the way and capture candid photographs that are un-staged and natural.” Wyman commented.
During his time in the Stones, his fellow band members became accustomed to Wyman and his camera which enabled him to capture the band as the rest of the world had never before seen them; honest, natural shots of rare and private moments in their lives - cutting tracks in the recording studio, barefoot during rehearsals and behind-the-scenes moments with family and friends.
This photographic retrospective of Wyman’s life on the road offers unique access to intimate moments and everyday scenes of one of the most prolific rock bands in history. Wyman has selected some personal favourites from his extensive photographic archive, including a glimpse of Brian Jones from the rear view mirror on the way to the 1967 European tour and Mick Jagger reading from the bible backstage before a concert for the blind.