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Unseen images of Kate Bush, The Clash, Blondie and more set for new London exhibition


A new music photography exhibition is coming to London and will display previously unseen imagines of Kate Bush, The Clash, Blondie and more.

The show, which will be free to the public, will exhibit iconic images at the exclusive new exhibition in Carnaby, London later this month. The show arrives to mark the 40th anniversary of music photography legend Gerard McNamara and his artistry and contribution to music.

Known for his photography of popular rock musicians and high-profile shows between 1979-1982, this will be McNamara’s first solo exhibition, set to open at 3 Newburgh Street from 12-21 April.

McNamara’s unique style of shooting live bands on stage has captured many immersive images of artists in their prime, taking viewers back to a special time in music and photography.

The exhibition will also include iconic images of Adam & The Ants from The Kings of the Wild Frontier Tour in 1980 and a live shot of The Specials taken at Hammersmith Palais in 1979. Visitors can also expect to see images of
Gary Numan, The Selecter, Iggy Pop, U2, The Pretenders and Toyah.

“Carnaby is synonymous with both fashion and music and that makes it the perfect location to stage The Unclosed Eye exhibition,” McNamara said of the show. “With such a rich heritage in musical history, it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to bring the exhibition to the destination, where, forty years ago, I stepped into Smash Hits Magazine offices which were then based on Carnaby Street and secured my first published picture of the enchanting Kate Bush,” he added.

Here’s a quick look at what you will find:

(All images The Unclosed Eye exhibition)