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The Summer Show: 20th Century Icons - Proud Chelsea

John Lennon in a doorway in Hamburg, 1960 by Jurgen Vollmer, £1200 ex VAT

Exhibition preview

TO CELEBRATE its 15th birthday, Proud Galleries is presenting an exhibition of the most iconic prints from the last 15 years. The prints, which have been displayed in past exhibitions, make up The Summer Show 2011: 20th Century Icons, which runs at Proud Chelsea until September 11, 2011.

A highlight of the exhibition is an image of John Lennon standing in a doorway at the docklands in Hamburg while the remaining Beatles walk past, their images blurred except for their pointed shoes.

Lennon, with hair quiffed and wearing a battered leather jacket looks the seminal rocker and it was this image that went on to become the front cover of Lennon’s 1975 solo album Rock n’ Roll. Although Lennon stands superficially in the nature of a posed shot, the picture retains its sense of ambiguity.

Photographer Jurgen Vollmer was always intrigued by the back streets of Hamburg, and this image epitomizes the mystery and spontaneity of the group.

The collection also includes Beatles album covers by Michael Cooper and Iain Macmillan, bold portraits of Jimi Hendrix by David Montgomery and David Magnus, and Brian Aris’ candid shots of Blondie.

These are exhibited alongside prints that take in the length and breadth of popular culture, including work from Proud Galleries’ best-selling Withnail & Iexhibitions by Murray Close and by legendary film director, Ken Russell.

20th Century Icons is a nostalgic trip through the faces who defined an era of popular culture and includes prints encompassing music, fashion, sport, documentary and cinema.

Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5XP