Leica Gallery presents Richard Young “Rebels.” The show will run from February 2nd through February 28th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on February 2nd, 2017.
In the early 1970s, Richard Young began his professional career as a photographer with a rebellious act of his own – he gate-crashed the Dorchester Hotel in the guise of a DJ to photograph Richard Burton’s 50th birthday party hosted by Elizabeth Taylor. He was subsequently kicked out by Taylor herself, yet managed to take a photograph that night that endeared him to the actress for the rest of her life. Thus, the cheeky photographer’s career was born and the door to a countless number of A-list parties, concerts, and fashion shows around the world was opened.
Richard Young has seen it all. In 1976, he went on tour with The Sex Pistols. He documented the punk scene emerging in Soho, London whilst also capturing the outrageous disco divas at Maunkberrys and the Embassy Club. He photographed rock stars on-stage and off. As a close friend of Freddie Mercury, Young toured the world with Queen and attended Freddie’s outlandish birthday parties. Richard Young’s career has spanned decades – before the dawn of the digital age, when celebrities were less weary of cameras and nudity was commonplace in clubs. He is a social documentarian, and photojournalist of an ever-changing social culture, and rebels are the best subject matter.
Chosen from Richard Young’s archive of over two million photographs, this exhibition features some of Richard’s most famous shots of society’s most-loved rebels.
“I am thrilled to have been asked by Leica Gallery Los Angeles to showcase my Classic Limited Edition prints of iconic rebels including: Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Kate Moss, Madonna, Prince, Iggy Pop and many others. I have been shooting with Leica Cameras since 1976, and many of these images were shot on my Leica Rangefinder M4, which I still own to this day.”
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