The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, ‘Rehearsals for The Stones Thermograph Promo Film, Emotional Rescue’

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2020 © Bill Wyman Archive
New York, U.S.A. 28 March 1980

Digital archival print embossed and hand signed by the photographer
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

This stunning white and black close-up portrait depicts drummer Charlie Watts at rehearsals for the filming of The Stones thermograph promo film for ‘Emotional Rescue’ at Modern Telecommunications in New York. ‘I joined The Rolling Stones in December 1962. After some success, I was able, a few years later, to purchase my first serious camera—a Nikkormat, together with a 135 Nikon lens—in Paris, France.

From that time on I began to take photos in earnest, both at home and on tour with The Rolling Stones, preferring, for some reason, to photograph subjects when they were not aware of my camera, or were otherwise occupied. I took them mainly to illustrate my daily diaries. I’ve continued to take photographs, even to the present day. I’ve been lucky enough to have met—and in some instances, become close friends with—several photographers over the years. I’ve been continually inspired by their work, and when the camera was focused on me, I always paid close attention, in hopes that I would be able to hone my own photographic art into something a little bit better than just taking ‘snaps.’ Bill Wyman for Interview Magazine

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