Photographer Richard Kelly has announced his first-ever solo exhibition Selected Music Works: 1999-2019 at Colony Ancoats this November.
The exhibition, taking place from Friday 15th November to Tuesday 14th January 2020, will focus on Kelly’s music photography, featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, John Cooper Clarke and more.
Having moved back to Manchester from London in 2018, Kelly discovered a box of his old music prints, the driving force behind this special exhibition, and has carefully selected key music works from his archive to be displayed.
Key pieces will include; Arctic Monkeys leaving at the end of the first of a two-night residency at Old Trafford in 2007, Amy Winehouse backstage at Old Trafford while supporting the Arctic Monkeys, a portrait of Pete Doherty on tour in 2007 and John Cooper Clarke backstage at a Manchester gig in 2005.
Kelly will be showcasing more than 20 photographs, a collection of 20 years’ worth of music photography dating back from 1999 to 2019. This exhibition will take viewers down memory lane of the UK music scene and how this has evolved to the present day.
“The driving force behind this exhibition was finding a box of my old prints, some of them dating back over 20 years,” Kelly said of the exhibition. “They document various bands, some of them having never seen the light of day, I was keen to curate an exhibition around them and show them to the public for the first time. These are a tangible piece of music history and documents my life and the excitement of shooting these bands whilst on tour with them.”
He added: “Here you will see a documentation of music across 20 years, from me riding past the Ian Brown graffiti on my bike and shooting it with my first professional camera, all the way to a present personal project of mine, working with MCs and rappers in Moss Side.”
See a selection of Richard Kelly’s work, below.