“What a drag it is getting old…” The Stones are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first gig (at The Marquee, fact fiends) today, which gives me an excuse to post some of Gered Mankowitz’s photographs of them.
Here’s a bit of background info about the photographer
“Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946, the first son of the author and screen writer Wolf Mankowitz and the psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz.
After attending several North London progressive schools he left devoid of any academic qualifications aged 15 and served a short but intensive apprenticeship with the legendary photographer Tom Blau at Camera Press Ltd, having been inspired to pursue photography by the actor Peter Sellers.
After two years of assisting in various different fields of photography Gered established his first studio in Masons Yard, in the very heart of 60s swinging London in 1963.
Through working with folk/pop duo Chad & Jeremy he met and photographed Marianne Faithfull who was managed by the mercurial Andrew Loog Oldham, who also managed the Rolling Stones.
Gered started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965; he toured America with them later that year and produced several album covers for the band. He continued working with them on a regular basis until 1967 by which time Gered was established as one of London’s leading rock photographers.
Over the past 45 years Gered has continued to work in the music business as well as supplying many leading magazines with celebrity portraits and also finding time to take prize winning images for the advertising industry.
He has recently moved his studio and home to Cornwall and is also a part-time lecturer at University College Falmouth.”
Out of Our Heads, 1965
Keith and Mick in Limo, 1965
Charlie Watts, RCA Studio, 1965
Between The Buttons outtake, 1966