She-Bop-A-Lula

Coming up next at The Strand Gallery, She Bop A Lula; an innovative Photo Exhibition curated by Dede Millar in partnership with Breakthrough – the UK’s leading Breast Cancer Charity.

Featuring 70 fabulous portraits celebrating some of the most successful and creative female singers over the last six decades – from Lady Day (Billie Holiday) to Lady Gaga – the show focuses on some of the world’s most iconic female musicians as captured by some of the world’s most influential female photographers. Subjects include Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Nina Simone, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Diana Ross, PJ Harvey, Sinead O’Connor, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Beyonce, Adele and many more, with all print sale proceeds going to charity.

The Story Behind The Image…
Lucy Hamblin describes photographing Laura Marling

“I heard Laura was coming to play a show in New York. The venue was very small and dark in the lower east side and we just shot by a wall beside the stage as it was bitterly cold outside.Some of her friends were sitting about watching: guys that later become Mumford and Sons, I had seen the rocking chair in a prop house and decided to blow the entire shoot budget renting it for a few hours.

Laura barely spoke the whole time but was thoughtful, charming and ethereal. She let me dress her: and in this case wore a vintage dress that I had dyed in  my bath tub the night before. The only real trouble came when Laura returned to her diligent sound check. A helpful Mexican called Jose arrived to help me load the horse back into the van. It was solid walnut and weighed a ton. I was at the back holding the tail and it came off in my hands. I cried like a toddler and had to pay a hell of a damage fee. I didn’t tell Laura until we worked together again last year…we had a good laugh about it.”

The Story Behind The Image…
Francine Winham describes photographing Millie Small

“This picture of Millie Small choosing a song on a jukebox was taken at a coffee bar on Park Lane, London in the early 1960s. I was working for Chris Blackwell, who had just started Island Records and I was his first employee! Chris had purchased the song My Boy Lollipop but didn’t yet know who would sing it.

When he put the song and Millie together it was an instant hit, the first for Island Records. I subsequently travelled the world with Millie as her chaperone and photographer.”

She Bop will be on show at The Strand Gallery from March 7th – 31st

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