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Norman Seeff 'Sessions in Sound' Exhibition

 

LONDON New exhibition ‘Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff’ is set to unveil at London’s Proud Galleries this month. The exhibition - from 23 rd November 2018 to 13th January 2019 - features Seeff’s portrayals of influential musical icons. Lucy Reid takes a preview.    lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

All Images courtesy of: Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

As these depictions show, Seeff intimately captured the spontaneity of his subjects with alluring engagement whether it be a pensive Mick Jagger or a leisurely Johnny Cash (above).  Norman Seeff moved to New York aged 29 to pursue his passion, after training as a doctor in his native South Africa. Renowned album cover designer, Bob Cato, gave him his first major assignment – to photograph Robbie Robinson and The Band for the liner notes of their album ‘Stage Fright’.

 

 'Chelsea Hotel Color', Blondie, 1979,  Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

Despite an inauspicious start - Seeff got lost on his way to Woodstock and arrived  hours late - Cato’s work was used on the band’s album cover. Seeff had arrived.

In 1973, Seeff opened his own studio on Sunset Boulevard and saw him work with a whole spectrum of musicians.

 

'Mick Jagger', 1972, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

In 1985, Seeff photographed musician Ray Charles and later recalled how “Ray was testy at the start of the session. Ultimately, he loved the process and ended up calling me ‘brother’. It was a seminal session.”

 

'Reflection', Joni Mitchell, 1975, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

The exhibition also features a selection of unseen photographs, including a portrait of Patti Smith from Seeff’s 1969 acclaimed photoshoot with Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe. This session has arguably become one of Seeff’s most famous and he cited Patti Smith: “After Robert’s death, Patti told me these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.”

 

 'Robert & Patti II', Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, 1969, Proud Galleries© Norman Seeff

 

On his creative ethos Seeff says he constantly seeks “a place with my subjects that defines pure presence, where we can stand and just look at each other without any filters.”

 

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MTV EMAs - Bilbao

 

SPAIN Hardly seems a year has flown by since the 2017 EMAs when we were cheering U2 on in the cold of London's Trafalgar Square. Yesterday, it was Spain's turn as Bilbao hosted the show with Nicki Minaj and Little Mix to the fore.

They opened with their collaboration “Woman Like Me” and before being joined onstage, Minaj shook the house with her new song “Good Form.”

Global Icon Award honoree Janet Jackson unleashed a blazing performance of hits over her legendary 40-year career.  Four decades spanned four stages four stages which included African drummers, flame torches, fire breathers, more than 20 dancers and an elevated stage surrounded by flames.  A fitting delivery for both artist and the MTV production teams who laboured behind the scenes to make it happen. 

Throughout the star-studded global music celebration, Camila Cabello (headline pic) took home four EMA awards including “Best Artist.”

 

 

Other highlights include Hailee Steinfeld officially kicking off the show with an EMA award art heist, followed by Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie scaling Bilbao Exhibition Centre’s exterior before crashing through the ceiling to perform “High Hopes.”

Modern Flamenco-inspired sensation and Spain native Rosalía, one of the most buzzed-about acts of the night, rolled on stage in a gigantic truck before rocking the entire house with “Malamente” alongside 24 dancers.

Throughout the night, Steinfeld commanded the stage with her captivating hosting skills, and for her performance, she gave a nod to her upcoming film Bumblebee by performing soundtrack number “Back to Life” from inside a yellow human vehicle, artistically created with more than 20 bodies.

 

 

Five-time “MTV EMA” award-winning  Muse performed “Pressure” from Bilbao’s famed San Mamés Stadium.

Superstar Bebe Rexha delivered a huge show highlight with a mesmerizing performance of “I’m a Mess” while in a bathtub surrounded by nurses and 100 dancers.

Halsey brought the rain to the arena with an intimate solo performance of “Without Me” surrounded by rainfall.

Jason Derulo sang an operatic rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” before flowing into his collaboration track “Goodbye” with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, both of whom joined him on stage.

Alessia Cara gave a colorful performance for “Trust Me Lonely” against a backdrop of different settings.

Jack & Jack soared overhead with a thrilling aerial routine for “Rise” before crash landing onto a living room couch, joined on center stage by more than 100 fans.

 

 

To close out the show, Marshmello kept the energy booming alongside Anne-Marie for their platinum-certified track “FRIENDS,” followed by Bastille for “Happier.” Five giant inflatable Marshmello heads and hundreds of smaller Marshmello balls took over the venue as the grand finale.

This year’s show also awarded the first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world.  MTV awarded five changemakers from around the globe, all under the age of 26, during the red carpet pre-show.  The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems – including fighting for environmental protection, refugee rights, ending child marriage, mental health support and LGBTQ+ equality -- through music, storytelling and digital media.

Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Germany, Spain, Japan and Africa. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2018.  They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

 

FULL LIST OF “2018 MTV EMA” WINNERS

 

BEST ARTIST

Camila Cabello

 

BEST VIDEO       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST SONG                       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST POP

Dua Lipa

 

BEST NEW

Cardi B

 

BEST LOOK

Nicki Minaj

 

BEST HIP HOP   

Nicki Minaj         

 

BEST LIVE                                         

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST ROCK        

5 Seconds of Summer

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE        

Panic! At The Disco

 

BEST ELECTRONIC          

Marshmello

              

BIGGEST FANS

BTS

 

BEST WORLD STAGE                                    

Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

 

BEST PUSH        

Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)      

 

BEST US ACT (WORLDWIDE ACT*)                                                                                 

Camila Cabello

 

EMA GENERATION CHANGE

Sonita Alizadeh -- 21 years old, Afghanistan

Mohamad Aljounde -- 17 years old, Lebanon

Ellen Jones -- 20 years old, UK

Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez -- 18 years old, USA -

Hauwa Ojeifo -- 26 years old, Nigeria