Proud Galleries displays London’s finest curated collection of pop culture. An overview of past and upcoming exhibitions, features pieces and artists.
Proud Galleries features compelling exhibitions by legendary photographers who continue to capture the most iconic people, moments and trends defining popular culture.
Proud Galleries at the Heart of London
Proud is an iconic gallery that has long been established as a landmark destination for any photography lover coming to London.
From powerful portraits and revealing backstage glimpses of our rock and roll heroes, through to thought-provoking, visually captivating fine art, Proud invites its audience to put down their phones and look away from the Instagram feed to explore something more visceral and more daring.
Proud stands out, even amongst the eclecticism and variety that London offers. Whether you’re a digital enthusiast or a serious collector of vintage prints, Proud Galleries has something to offer. Situated at the heart of London’s West End Proud’s Strand photography gallery London is an undiscovered gem.
Proud Gallery has hosted some of London’s most iconic red carpet moments and when you read the list of past exhibition titles, the red carpet fever is self-explanatory. A-listers, rock stars, haute couture fashion models and music icons queued to enter exhibitions:
Proud Galleries Past Photography Exhibitions
'Float Like a Butterfly - Photographs of Muhammah Ali’ by David King; shot in his training camp in the Pennsylvania mountains in 1974 when he was preparing for his legendary title fight against George Foreman.
‘The Clash’ by Bob Gruen; displaying an acclaimed collection of photos of one of the most influential bands of all time.
‘Formula 1: the Exhibition’ in association with Jaguar and Getty Images’ captured 50 years of motor racing history at Proud’s Camden Moss Gallery and was the first definitive photographic exhibition that encapsulated all the elements of the sport, the ultimate celebration of the world of Formula One.
‘Marc Bolan - A 20th Century Superstar’: This exhibition marked the 25th anniversary since the tragic death of one of the seventies greatest musical icons; tracing Bolan’s life from working class Hackney boy to his wildly successful T-Rex days.
Raj Prem Fine Art Photography Presents The Decca Years: The Rolling Stones 1962 – 1971: with photos by Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Tarlè and Michael Cooper. Bringing together a rare collection of fine art prints and candid backstage images, from set pieces such as The Beggars Banquet through to stolen moments backstage at rehearsals.
“The Beatles and Dylan”: Extraordinary, previously unseen images of the C20th’s most iconic musicians revealing intimate images of the Beatles at an ashram in India and Dylan in Woodstock.The Beatles pictures as you've never seen them before.
“Bruce Sprinsteen, The Boss Revealed”
This exhibition brought together 7 photographers to reveal the many faces of ‘The Boss’ both off and on stage. Featured works by: Adrian Boot, René Van Diemen, Debra L. Rothenberg, Lynn Goldsmith, Jim Marchese, Terry O'Neill, Barry Plummer and Steve Rapport
Alongside these glamorous celebrity lead shows, Proud has presented heavy hitting exhibitions with topical subject matter such as:
“Invisible Lives: Brazilian Street Girls” - Photographs by Leticia Valverdes
This fascinating exhibition offered an enlightening expose of life for Brazil’s street kids, avoiding simplistic stereotypes to highlight the paradoxes at the heart of Brazilian’s culture.
“Childscapes in Association with Unicef”
A collaboration that highlighted the harrowing plight of third world children. More than 120 images from the award winning lenses of photographers Tom Craig and Abbie-Trayler-Smith, and theatre photographer Charles Hart.
Proud has also hosted prestigious photographic awards exhibitions such as:
“The “Nikon Press Awards”
Celebrating the best of British press photography and open to all UK based photographers. Alex Proud joined the judging panel and Proud Galleries showcased the award winners.
And “The Observer Hodge Photography Awards” set up in memory of photojournalist David Hodge who died, aged 29, whilst covering the Brixton Riots and which aims to give creative and dynamic young photographers the opportunity to bring their work to a wider audience and to introduce the next generation of photojournalists.
Alex Proud went on to co-found the Sony World Photography Award in 2008, one of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions.
Proud Galleries continues to pioneer popular culture photography within the heart of central London, featuring exhibitions that explore music, fashion, film, art and documentary subjects.
Proud Galleries Fine Art Photographs Online;
Responding to the impact of Covid -19 on the physical gallery world, Proud, like many of London’s leading galleries such as The National Gallery and The Tate and International art institutions such as The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museè du Louvre, has experimented with alternative digital spaces and has uploaded a significant proportion of its archive online so that photography lovers can discover rare vintage and limited edition prints alongside some of Proud’s most popular framed masterpieces.
What’s On at Proud’s Strand Gallery:
Featuring World Famous Photographers
With a return to physical exhibitions this year, Proud’s central London gallery, located just off the Strand, is hosting the Proud Collection exhibition featuring a unique selection of the most iconic and celebrated images from Proud’s archive.
The carefully created exhibition features photographs by world famous photographers such as Terry O’Neill, Douglas Kirkland, Norman Parkinson, Bill Wyman, Adrian Boot, Chris Stein, David McCabe, Brian Aris, David Montgomery, Jerry Schatzberg, Markus Klinko, Andrew Birkin, Lew Allen, Michael Brennan, Stephen Wright, David Stetson, Paul Joyce, Dixie Dean & Mark Shaw to name a few.
A selection of these photographs also currently hangs at Proud’s London and Brighton Cabaret dining venues, continuing Alex Proud’s original mission to democratise art and bring it to a wider audience.
Cabaret diners can get a uniquely up close and personal view of these fine art prints and order one of the many photographic prints for sale to take home after a spectacular evening’s entertainment from world class cabaret and circus acts and fine dining served up at Proud Embankment and Proud Cabaret Brighton.
Earlier in 2021 Proud forged a partnership with the Montcalm East hotel, a fruitful collaboration that saw several of Proud’s iconic archive portraits hung in this new East London landmark hotel, itself inspired by the pioneering art studios that proliferated in Shoreditch in the 80s and 90s. Featured photographers from the Proud collection include Duffy, Adrian Boot, Eric Swayne, Robert Whitaker, Tom Hanley, Brian Aris, Andrew Birkin & Dean Chalkley.
Proud Galleries Forthcoming Exhibitions in London:
David Stetson at Proud Galleries / December 2021
From December 2021, Proud’s Strand Photography Gallery at the heart of London’s West End will host a carefully curated selection of David Stetson’s fine art photography work. Including his Fashion, Celebrity and Tokyo Underground series. David’s body of work, from the last 50 years of his career, includes portraits of Hollywood actors, haute couture models and royalty and has won him creative awards in photography and design. David Stetson started as a fashion photographer in London before moving to New York and establishing his own studio. His most famous portraits include Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana and Tina Turner. He has also shot memorable campaigns for luxury brands such as Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Guy Laroche, Givenchy and Guerlain.
Marcus Klinko at Proud Galleries / 2022 Date to be confirmed
Proud is excited to announce it will host an exhibition by the award winning photographer Marcus Klinco in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his historic collaboration with David Bowie in parallel with International exhibitions in Munich, Toronto, Vienna and Dubai. Klinco has captured many of our most famous rock, film and fashion stars and shoots for high end publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harpers Bazaar. He has created advertising campaigns for brands like L’Oreal Paris, Lancome, Nike, Hugo Boss, and Remy Martin and his Keep a Child Alive campaign raised just over 1 million dollars for children with aids in just 3 days. Marcus created the cover for Bowie’s “Heathen” in 2002 and worked with him again on GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue. These iconic photographic sessions were brought together for the collection “Bowie Unseen”, released in 2016.
The series ranges from surreal and stylised images to simple black and white portraits. All the images were apparently created with Bowie and inspired by his music.
“He is one of the very few celebrities I have worked with who personally got involved, and was extremely communicative and very hands-on.” said Klinko of Bowie.
Gallery Manager Javier Rebledo reveals that he has plans for several new exhibitions in 2022.
“It’s going to be a very exciting year for Proud Galleries. People are ready to experience exhibitions in person again, and we have new photographers and new images online and in our archive. The world is hungry for art and culture and London is the best place for fine art photography. Come and find us.”