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Proud Galleries (Photographic Prints for Sale)
Visit our photographic prints art gallery and take home a piece of pop culture history - art to adorn your home or business. Proud Galleries continues to pioneer popular culture photography within the heart of central London, featuring music, fashion, film, art, documentary & sporting shows. Come and see our fine art prints, posters, framed art and more all for sale in the heart of London.
London’s Photography Galleries
London is a mecca for collectors of fine art photography. There is something for everyone in its world-famous galleries and and art museums, from high fashion photography exhibitions London, through retrospectives of 20th century music icons to displays of modern abstract artworks, alongside compelling photojournalism and documentary series. Photography is an exciting, accessible and increasingly respected art form which holds a position of unparalleled influence and image of cool in today’s world. Whether you’re new to collecting or are just looking for a single work of art, whatever your level of knowledge or budget, London’s photography landscape will inspire you.
Proud Galleries dedicated London gallery space:
Against this rich cultural backdrop, Proud’s exclusive and eclectic collection of fine art photography includes works by established and emerging talents, as well as giving new life to archived works of art. Its roster champions British and international photographers and specialises in rock and roll photographic art prints, fashion art, music and popular culture imagery.
For over twenty years Proud Galleries has offered its audience a unique array of vintage, limited edition, rare and highly collectible photographs in a variety of different genres and styles. Proud's photography gallery London with its dedicated art gallery space has helped elevate the status of photography to an art form.
Proud’s Online Photo and Poster Store
More recently Proud has uploaded a significant proportion of its art collection to its online store to enable a broader audience to explore its archive of photography prints so if you can’t come to London to buy a print you can discover decades of iconic photos and accessible art from your living room.
Whether you are choosing an iconic photographic portrait as a centrepiece for your home, a stylish art print for your office, the perfect gift of art photography for a friend or loved one; Proud Galleries has an artist for you in its online shop. If a vintage print is beyond your budget, Proud has a selection of books, posters and exhibition memorabilia available to buy. A limited edition poster makes a perfect present and an original work of art can become a timeless heirloom.
Not sure what to choose as the perfect gift for an art lover?
We have Prints and Posters for sale every budget.
If you’re looking to buy for a serious art collector or photography enthusiast, we have an impressive back catalogue of art featuring the C.20th’s most highly acclaimed photography artists to choose from including a rare collection of vintage prints. Click here for more ideas: https://proudgalleries.com/collections/vintage
If you’re shopping for someone whose tastes in art you’re less familiar with; perhaps a colleague or a new art lover, we would recommend you start with something smaller. You can still add prestige to a workplace with a simple and stylish black and white framed photo, and after all small is beautiful. You can explore our photography artists collections here: https://proudgalleries.com/collections
Or you could buy something smaller, like a book or CD options from our gift shop here: https://proudgalleries.com/collections/gift-shop
Advice for Displaying new art prints
When you want to purchase art, first Identify the focal point of a room and place works at just above eye-level, always keeping the height of windows, door frames and ceiling in mind. If you have a statement painting or print it should ideally be one-half to two-thirds the width of a mantel or shelf. Smaller prints can be opposite or adjacent to a fireplace or mirror. Several smaller works of art placed together make a stylish feature art wall.
Inspiration from Proud’s fine art photography archive
Still looking for inspiration?
Let us suggest some incredible art prints, and revolutionary artists from Proud’s unique art collection.
If you’re feeling a bit rebellious, why not buy one of Pennie Smith’s images of the legendary punk rock band: The Clash. Who would have thought the Clash would feature in an art gallery?
“The Clash, Paul Simonon, London Calling”, from New York City, 1979 is an image that pulsates with energy and anger.
Paul Simonon, depicted in the photo, later said that his personal rage was in response to the audience that sat still, silent and unmoved. The Clash were used to an enthusiastic audience of fans, but even when the audience tried to stand, there were bouncers forcibly pushing them back into their seats.
“That frustrated me to the point that I destroyed this bass guitar” explained Paul Simonon in a later 2011 interview. “Unfortunately you always sort of tend to destroy the things you love.”
The image was used as the front cover for the band’s album London Calling designed by Ray Lowry. It received Q magazine's "Greatest Rock 'n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time" award in 2002.
Pennie Smith is an English rock band photographer. She specialises in black-and-white photography art and has captured iconic moments in rock and roll history. Her first major photographic commission was covering a Led Zeppelin tour in the 1970s and she went on to work at the NME as staff photographer until the early 1980s.
Smith has photographed portraits of rock musicians and followed bands on tour including: Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Iggy Pop, Sweet, The Clash, The Jam, Siouxsie Sioux, Debbie Harry, U2, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Blur, Oasis. In 2002, Smith received the NME Lifetime Achievement award for "Godlike Genius". In Jan 2010 Smith's London Calling image was issued on a postage stamp by the Royal Mail. She still works and freelances in black and white reportage photography.
If you want to own a piece of music history, try these limited edition art prints by our great photography artists:
“Beggars Banquet. The Banquet” starring Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman shot in London in 1968 by Michael Joseph
Taken on location at a Gothic studio in Hampstead and at Swarkestone’s derelict ruins in Derbyshire the photos were shot for the bands 10th studio album. An album that changed everything for the band. It made them an International success with songs such as ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’ becoming instant classics. The photos are surreal, and fantastical, featuring live animals and luxurious costumes. Inspiration for the art direction was drawn from multiple classical references including Leonardo da Vinci’s “ Last Supper” painting, works by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruege and 1960s work by Horn/Griner and William Klein. Joseph printed the image, shot on Kodak Kodalith 34mm black and white film
And Jagger hand-coloured the art print. Jagger’s rendition of the image is how it appeared on the album sleeve. As Michael Joseph concluded, 'The rest is history.'
As Guy Sangster-Adams wrote for The London Magazine 2017:
“It is fascinating to see the Rolling Stones so relaxed, at play, in many ways in celebratory mood at the tipping point of the tracks and album that became their ‘coming of age’”
Michael Joseph said; “One of the reasons I received the Rolling Stones mission was, among other things, that I was the only photographer in town who could handle and knew where to get to animals and also had access to good supplies. I showed them a photograph I had taken in an office. That picture gave them an idea of how I worked, and Jagger liked my way of thinking.”
Michael Joseph was South African born but after art studies in London he was sent on assignment to Vietnam to capture the war. He is most famous for his work on the Rolling Stones album but he was hired for many advertising and fashion assignments.
With so many artists to choose from - Choose an Icon;
Ray Charles “Ray Classic” by Norman Seeff shot in Los Angles in 1985. One of many limited editions here at the gallery.
Norman Seeff said of the photo shoot; “It was a seminal session. We plunged deeply into his creative process and it became a benchmark for where I aspired to go with artists”
Norman Seeff is known for his iconic art photographs of celebrities such as Steve Jobs, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Miles Davis. He has spent his life exploring human creativity and the inner creative process.
“My whole thing was, it’s not about photography- it’s about communication,” Seeff told Rolling Stone.
For Fifteen Minutes of Fame on your own Wall:
Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. “On the Roof of David McCabe’s Studio, 37th St” shot in New York by David McCabe in 1965.
“We went to the roof of my studio, I stuck him on the ladder with Edie and the Empire State building never moved an inch.” said David McCabe describing the moment that he landed the commission of a lifetime.
Andy Warhol was a relatively unknown artist and illustrator and he needed a photographer to follow him around for a year. McCabe’s studio was a short walk from the Silver Factory at 231 E 47th Street. He was a 24 year old former art student from Leicester, England working as a photographer.
“Warhol, who had possibly seen the amateur’s images in magazines such as LIFE and Mademoiselle, liked his style – but McCabe was asking: ‘Who is Andy Warhol?’ wrote Ashleigh Kane for Dazed
Warhol's only request was that McCabe not utilize flash, since he did not want it to be apparent that he had a personal photographer. McCabe captured Warhol at parties and gallery openings throughout 1964 and went on to work as a fashion and commercial photographer. His photos were published in Life, Harper's Bazaar, W, French Elle, French Vogue, and The Times.
Or, one of the best photographers of all time, capturing The 4 united Beatles:
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star: “Four Seasons Hotel” shot in Scotland in 1964 by Robert Whitaker
Robert Whitaker designed many of the Fab Four’s most iconic images during a period when their fame exploded overnight. He was in the studio with them recording, backstage when they performed, in their homes, documenting their rise. He became close friends with the group, particularly with John Lennon. He spent two years travelling with them and alongside the formal photo shoots he captured them in rare and intimate private moments.
Robert had moved to Melbourne from London in 1961 where he became part of the vibrant Melbourne arts scene. He was running a freelance penthouse photo studio when he met the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, during their 1964 Australian tour.
Robert Whitaker said: “I photographed Epstein, saw he was a bit of a peacock and a cavalier, and put peacock feathers around his head in photographic relief. He was knocked out when he saw the picture.”
Robert went on to photograph other famous bands including Cream before he moved back to focus on the art world. One of his most famous subjects from this period was a longtime hero, the doyen of surrealism, Salvador Dalí, whom he photographed several times between 1967 and 1972.
Whitaker also worked as a photojournalist, covering major world events for Time and Life magazines before effectively retiring from journalism in the early seventies to farm his property.
For lovers of more modern music:
Amy Winehouse: “Amy Puts on Lipstick No IV” taken in London in 2003 by Charles Moriarty
Charles Moriarty on the photograph: “Amy started getting ready, putting on make-up and all that. Even the curlers she used seemed to be from another time- but that was very Amy, and it seemed appropriate for her. And who knew that what she came up with right there would become her quintessential style trademark.”
Charles Moriarty remembers Amy Winehouse affectionately: “You know, her voice was so amazing, as was she.”
Charles Moriarty is a fine art photographer, who moved to London from Dublin in 2003 and started work as a stills photographer in the music industry and on the London social scene. He has gone onto forge a career working in fashion, portraiture and documentary.
In 2017 he self published Before Frank, revealing previously unpublished photographs of Amy Winehouse. His work is part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery.
David Bowie. “The White Duke No. 1” shot in White Sands USA in 1975 by Duffy
Duffy was sent to the United States by The Sunday Times to take photos of David Bowie in the New Mexico desert where he was filming on location for “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.
Duffy persuaded David out to White Sands to shoot two rolls of film as the sun was setting. Duffy used a long exposure with a triple flash unit to create the ethereal effect in this photo.
Duffy has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and documentaries. His photography blurred the line between capturing a moment and creating an artistic vision. In 2013, being posthumously voted one of the 100 most influential photographers of all time.
These are just a small selection of the extraordinary photography in Proud’s archive. If you haven’t already, it’s time you explored the Proud artwork Collection on our website: https://proudgalleries.com/collections