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March 15, 2020 Posted by admin in Events

Virus Tears Through Events

The global events industry has predictably been hit hard by the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic with incalculable repercussions. Sat Bal

Foot and mouth disease all but decimated outdoor events back in 2001 but Covid-19 is already attacking indoor and outdoor fixtures. At the time of writing we're alerted that the latest casualty is Samuel Beckett's production of 'Endgame' at the Old Vic, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The theatre's digital pages said '... given the new travel and other restrictions in place it is nevertheless becoming increasingly impractical to sustain business as usual at our theatre.'

In the film world Disney’s blockbuster remake of 'Mulan' is the latest big major release to be pulled, as Hollywood joins the anxiety, questioning the film's scheduled opening on March 27 in UK cinemas. Disney is to revert with a new date.

James Bond has fared little better with the push back of 'No Time To Die' to November, from its expected April release.

Fresh from her Brit Awards success, teen pop sensation Billie Eilish (above) has apologised for postponement of her US tour dates as health officials warn against mass gatherings of people.

Eilish said: 'I am so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. We’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you.”

The Who and Pearl Jam have postponed their tours but Glastonbury Festival has held fast, announcing rapper Kendrick Lamar as its third headliner, alongside Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.

Organisers said they were “working hard” to ensure the event goes ahead in June.

Coachella, one of the world’s biggest music festivals, attracted around 250,000 attendees over its two weekends last year and was set to take place in the Colorado desert in April but has now been moved to October.

Industry giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents (the corporate behind Coachella) have suspended all tours in North America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, say sources.

The loss of the cash generating power of live performances is likely to affect the musical community in different ways, with the spectre of loss of earnings all round.

Allen Kovac, manager of Mötley Crüe, summed up: “It’s chaotic and stressful, from agents and managers to artists, their families and their support teams.”

See you at Glastonbury, Taylor?

PwC has predicted the global market for ticket sales and sponsorship for live music at nearly $29 billion in 2020, with the lion's share of revenue going straight to performing artists. Yet recorded music is estimated at $22 billion in sales, with artists’ royalties at far slimmer pickings.

Insurance providers are already facing public opprobrium for excluding coverage of Covid-19 in new travel policies. So-called force majeure clauses guard promoters and artists against 'acts of God' to cover cancellations but coronavirus's serious risk status is seeing insurers exclude it from new policies.

This was the plight of South by Southwest. The Texan festival was cancelled and, with no insurance coverage for coronavirus, was forced to dismiss around one-third of its full-time employees last week.

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BRIT Awards

LONDON The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard hit the O2 Arena with its 40th show last night with three stages and a carousel of lively performances. Sat Bal

Broadcast exclusively on ITV and YouTube worldwide, host Jack Whitehall took us through nine awards presentations and nine performances.

Mabel got the show off to a lively start and went on to win Best Female Solo Artist - for her gold-certified hit single ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ performed alongside 100 dancers.

The exclusive live debut of ‘No Time To Die’, the new James Bond official theme song, performed by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr. She later picked up International Female Solo Artist.

In a first, The BRITs gave the artists performing on the night creative control over their performances leading to some memorable performances.

The Mastercard Album of the Year award went to Dave, for his critically acclaimed and chart-topping debut Psychodrama. He performed the album’s first single ‘Black’ earlier in the show, a politically-charged, stripped down version accompanied by just a pianist.

Lewis Capaldi - who performed his breakout No. 1 single ‘Someone You Loved’ - followed last year’s Critics’ Choice nomination with a double win, for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Ahead of the main show, the Scottish singer-songwriter was the first artist to ever perform on The BRITs’ red carpet with an exclusive performance for the ITV2 Red Carpet show broadcast and as part of TikTok’s exclusive red carpet live-stream.

Head of music operations UK, Paul Hourican, said it was about ‘taking advantage of TikTok's unique creativity to engage with their fans and connect with a new global audience to get their music discovered and build a strong, highly engaged fanbase.'

The Rising Star award (formerly Critics’ Choice) was presented as part of the main show, which also saw winner Celeste perform her single ‘Strange’ - both BRITs firsts.

Stormzy was honoured with Male Solo Artist, following his win in the same category in 2018, ahead of a show-stopping medley performance featuring hundreds of dancers, a choir and guest appearance from Burna Boy.

The show also saw spirited performances from Lizzo, and Sir Rod Stewart was back to perform solo as well as being joined by Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones to close the show with their hit song ’Stay With Me’.

Towards the start of the show, Whitehall addressed the audience to pay tribute to presenter and broadcaster Caroline Flack whose tragic suicide, again, raises issues of stress and mental health in the industry and at large.

Earlier in the day, Fred again.. was presented with Producer of the Year on the red carpet; the youngest ever recipient of the award.

On the event production side, Neptunus provided the temporary overlay and MD Ben Keast said: 'We're delighted to once again have been asked to provide the support facilities to The BRIT awards which is always one of the great nights for the British music industry.'

Amazon Music were digital music partner and event hosts of the Official BRIT Awards 2020 playlist, making music available to stream post-event on Amazon Music Unlimited.

The Winners (in order presented on the night)...

BEST NEW ARTIST - Lewis Capaldi

Presented by Clara Amfo and Niall Horan

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST - Mabel

Presented by Jorja Smith and Ellie Goulding

MALE SOLO ARTIST - Stormzy

Presented by Ronnie Wood

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST - Tyler the Creator

Presented by Kiefer Sutherland and Paloma Faith

GROUP OF THE YEAR - Foals

Presented by Hailee Steinfeld, Courtney Love and Anne-Marie

RISING STAR - Celeste

Presented by Sam Fender and Adwoa Aboah

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST - Billie Eilish

Presented by Melanie C

SONG OF THE YEAR - Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Presented by Sir Tom Jones

MASTERCARD ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Dave ‘Psychodrama’

Presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

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Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES It was all smiles at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a roll call of Hollywood names in attendance at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020. Laura Booth

Brad Pitt and former wife Jennifer Aniston (below) crossed paths, and smiles, backstage after winning awards. He: best supporting actor for his part as a stuntman in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. She: best actress in The Morning Show.

Wifey opts for vintage Dior by John Galliano

Briton, Phobe Waller-Bridge also toasted success in LA with best actress in for Fleabag.

But it was South Korean film Parasite that happily confounded pundits by winning the best ensemble cast award, ahead of Hollywood's biggest stars. Its SAG award sets it up as a big prospect for the Oscars next month.

(L-R) Meryl Streep (standing), Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern (standing)

Picking up his statuette, Brad Pitt joshed that he would have to update his Tinder profile with news of his SAG Award. Of his role as Cliff Booth he joked: 'It was a difficult part - a guy who takes his shirt off, gets high and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch...'

(L-R) Margot Robbie, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, and Charlize Theron

Best supporting actress went to Laura Dern for Marriage Story putting her in pole position for an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson (below) shimmered in a teal Armani Privé gown for her outstanding female actor in a leading role award in Marriage Story.

Elsewhere, Peter Dinklage was crowned best actor in a drama series for Game of Thrones, while Tony Shalhoub won best actor in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

The Irishman star Robert De Niro picked up lifetime achievement award and picked up the rhetoric on Donald Trump's 'blatant misuse of power' adding, 'But we're in such a dire situation and it's so deeply concerning to me and so many others, I have to say something. '

Robert De Niro accepts the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award from Leonardo DiCaprio

... and gets congratulated by old pal Al Pacino

Renée Zellweger (best actress) wears Maison Margiela with Jennifer Lopez in a Georges Hobeika black gown - and $9 million of Harry Winston jewellery inc 73.55 carat (count 'em!) diamond necklace set in platinum

Cliff Booth and Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe

Charlize Theron and Quentin Tarantino. Definitely

Pics : Getty Images

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MTV AWARDS EMA IN SEVILLE

SEVILLE After flying to so many European cities for the MTV EMAs it was good to be in Seville for last night’s show. It was opened by omnipresent superstar Dua Lipa who led the way for a roll call of female award winners. Sat Bal

We watched as a huge yellow wall of dancers accompanied Dua Lipa in her debut global stage performance of “Don’t Start Now” at the show venue - the FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre

Global Icons Green Day earlier played to thousands of hardcore fans in the legendary Plaza de España on Saturday night with an epic performance of their new single “Father of All” and punk classic “Basket Case.”

Dua Lipa opens the show

 “Best New” and “Best Push” nominee Mabel singing “Don’t Call Me Up.” The daughter of Neneh Cherry performed from atop a huge purple phone, complete with a solo dance break, lasers and violet lighting.

Surrounded by a cascade of lights, Niall Horan performed a dynamic version of “Nice to Meet Ya.”

MTV EMA Host Becky G teamed up with Akon for the first global performance of their  smash “Como No.” The duo rolled down the runway-like stage on gliding carnival floats.

Halsey's horseplay at EMA

Show host Becky G performed a medley of her hits surrounded by flames including “24/7,” “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores” on the stage, illuminated by glistening lasers and UV lighting.

Ariana Grande and Lil Nas X came away empty-handed, despite a clutch of  nominations.

Halsey lit up the EMA stage in her own “Halsey World” setting for an intimate version of “Graveyard,” setting fire to her carousel horse.

The singing sensation doubled as a fashion siren, sporting five looks over her successful night. Her fourth look, below, comprised a striking Zimmerman cropped shirt in artsy collage mash print and matching maxi skirt with side split. Metallic silver stilettos completed the ensemble.

Halsey might have exhibited confidence in wardrobe but was stunned to win Best Pop at the MTV EMAs over pop superstars such as Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.

She told us on collecting the gong: 'I don't know where to stand. I didn't think I was going to get this. I feel so lucky to be making pop music at a time where pop music is so special. There are so many different genres all blending together."

Local hero and global sensation Rosalía, accompanied by 52 dancers against a pyramid of red chairs, gave a powerful flamenco/hip-hop hybrid dance number to “Di Mi Nombre.”

Liam G gets Rock Icon

NCT 127, the first K-Pop group to perform on the global MTV stage, delivered an electrifying performance of their hit “Highway to Heaven.”

The first-ever MTV EMA Rock Icon winner Liam Gallagher closed the show with a breathtaking performance of his new single “Once” and anthemic hit “Wonderwall” complete with string instruments and a band.

His award acceptance comment was "to recognise MTV for recognising my brilliance."

Backed by an all-female orchestra, pop phenomenon Ava Max delivered a unique rendition of her global hits “Torn” leading into “Sweet but Psycho” that ran the length of the EMAs’ runway-style stage. 

FULL LIST OF “2019 MTV EMA” WINNERS

BEST VIDEO

Taylor Swift                                   

BEST ARTIST

*Shawn Mendes

BEST SONG

*Billie Eilish                                      

BEST COLLABORATION

*Rosalía, J Balvin                             

BEST NEW

*Billie Eilish

BEST POP

*Halsey

BEST LIVE

*BTS

BEST ROCK

*Green Day

BEST HIP-HOP

*Nicki Minaj

BEST ALTERNATIVE

*FKA Twigs

BEST ELECTRONIC

*Martin Garrix

BEST PUSH

*Ava Max

BEST WORLD STAGE

*Muse               Bilbao, Spain 2018

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Hollywood In London

LONDON A new collection of portraiture from two seasoned hands, Terry O'Neill CBE and Bran Symondson, is to be presented by at the end of September. Sat Bal

The new collection is called 'Hollywood Re-loaded' and will be unveiled at Annabel’s, London, on Monday 30 September 2019. The name of the collection makes more sense on learning that it features reinvented Terry O'Neill's portraits of Hollywood icons - posing with guns.

Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Roger Moore are all armed and bulleted fired by ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson, using the same gun as in each portrait.

Terry O’Neill said: “What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding.  He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own.   It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process.  And I can’t be more pleased with the results.”

Bran Symondson commented of his new space at the intersection of photographer and soldier that both,  “…are looking intensely for the moment.”

HOFA runs four international art galleries in London’s Pall Mall and Mayfair, Nammos Village in Mykonos and in LA’s West Hollywood. The exhibition will aptly make its début at Annabel’s, hangout of the stars and London’s VIPs, on the 30th of September. It will then move to the HOFA Gallery on Maddox Street on 1 October where it be on display throughout Frieze week till the 14 October, 2019.

Watch Bran's video here:

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Lion King Royal Premiere

LONDON Real royals converged with star royalty at 'The Lion King' premiere in London last night. The yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere paved the way for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. Abigail Parkin

The international star attendance was led by Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, and her husband, Jay Z. Parenting advice was apparent as the US couple warmly congratulated the British royals on their first child.

Beyonce stepped out in a gold custom Cong Trigown with a high-leg slit. Royal refinement saw Meghan Markle (above) attend in a more demure black, full-skirt dress by Jason Wu with Aquazzura slingback pumps with crystal detailing and clutch bag. 

Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Elton John, Lebo M, BeyoncŽ Knowles-Carter,
Pharrell Williams, Sir Tim Rice, Billy Eichner, Jon Favreau and Hans Zimmer attend

The star quota included Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Jon Favreau, the director of the new Disney film.

The film screening took us to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, well aware of his own royal destiny. But Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. Thus commences the battle for Pride Rock ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With a pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Beyonce and Elton John in a clinch at the European premiere

“It’s such a beloved property,” said director Favreau (‘The Jungle Book,’ Marvel Studios’ ‘Iron Man’). “Disney has had tremendous success with the original animated version and then the Broadway musical. I knew that I had to be very careful with it. I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw it up. I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using mind-blowing techniques and technologies.”

Pharrell Williams goes shorts-chic in Leicester Square's sun

The technology far outpaced the original film with a blend of live-action filmmaking techniques and photoreal computer-generated imagery. Environments were designed within a game engine; state-of-the-art virtual-reality tools allowed Favreau to walk around in the virtual set, scouting and setting up shots as if he were standing in Africa alongside Simba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z on the yellow carpet
Pharrell Williams consorts with David Furnish and Elton John

According to the director, the performances breathe life and humanity into the story. “The casting allows for interpretation while maintaining the spirit and personality of the classic characters,” he says. The all-star lineup includes stars from film, TV, theater and music, bringing back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

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Natalia Vodianova hosts Secret Garden Gala

GENEVA The Naked Heart Foundation attracted names and cash at The Secret Garden charity gala in the splendour of Coppet Castle.

Hosted by the non-profit charity’s founder, Natalia Vodianova with trustees Frederik Paulsen and Olga Litviniuk, guests included DJ Cassidy, Elsa Hosk, Petra Nemcova, Caroline Scheufele, Xenia Adonts and Alberta Ferretti among many others.

At the event on 13 June guests enjoyed Dom Pérignon cocktails with dinner by Michelin-star chefs, Philippe Chevrier and Domaine Châteauvieux.

Elsa Hosk, Natalia Vodianova and Rita Ora

Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova presented the entertainment with performances by eight-year-old piano prodigy Elisey Mysin and the world-famous Menuhin Academy Orchestra.

Rita Ora was on form and primed guests for a set by DJ Cassidy after her performance.

A live and silent auction kept up the excitement, offering unique lots such as a meet-and-greet Elton John and exclusive shoes created in collaboration between René Caovilla and Chopard.

Natalia Vodianova and the gala committee

The black-tie gala was sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Chopard and raised over a million CHF for children with autism and to create play facilities for affected families.

Event production was by Britta Carpigo at Mosaic Events.

Natalia Vodianova had the final word on a successful and memorable night:

“The Secret Garden is a place that makes us remember the importance and invaluable effect of family - the perfect metaphor for Naked Heart Foundation where professional family support services are at the centre of everything we do. A strong, supportive and inclusive family life is essential for child development and providing the fertile ground in which a child can flourish, and it’s especially important for those with mental, physical or sensory disabilities. I’m delighted that the gala tonight raised much-needed funds for this crucial work, also bringing awareness of special needs and the importance of professional support for these children”

Pictures - Serge Outrush

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Film London

LONDON We’ve been behind the scenes and on the red carpet for the film season in London’s West End but film fans have plenty more to enjoy in  October.  Lucy Kale

Raindance Film Festival might have wrapped but the BFI London Film Festival (2nd – 13th October) is set to hit town and open to a fanfare in Leicester Square.

BFI London Film Festival’s artistic director Tricia Tuttle said:

 “We’re delighted to be able to host so many of the screenings and events as part of th BFI London Film Festival here in and around Leicester Square. The area’s rich history and reputation as the home of entertainment really adds to the festival atmosphere and we will be hosting many of the main galas in the extraordinary new Odeon Luxe and we’re thrilled to be back at the plush screens at Vue on the Square and hope to see as many members of the public there as possible to enjoy it!”

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus businesses are joining the BFI mood by offering additional activities throughout BFI London Film Festival. So, hang on to cinema tickets which will entitle you to plenty of discounts.

 

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be a main West End venue for the festival, where the landmark cinema will be hosting the Opening, Closing and American Express Galas.

LEAFF (London East Asia Film Festival) ODEON will be hosting the opening night gala of the LEAFF on the night of 24th October

ODEON, Oscar's Bar

Sip up a wide selection of film-themed cocktails. From £11 - £20 each, sip on a movie-mad concoction including Popcorn Espresso Martini, Oscar's Pop n Coke or a Lily's Pink Gin Spritz.

Planet Hollywood

Enjoy a selection of film themed cocktails, like the Terminator, the exclusive Raindance Film Festival Cocktail. Filled with Pink Gin and Martini Fiero with grapefruit juice topped off with tonic, it’s a must for any film buff!

And enjoy an exclusive 20% off food when you show your film festival ticket in the restaurant or use mention festival code: FILM20 to redeem the offer.

Victory House Hotel

Treat yourself to the best seats in the house with overlooking views of the red-carpet action outside both Vue and ODEON Luxe LSQ, with a special 10% off bookings during the festival season

Byron Burger

Throughout the film season, both Byron Haymarket and Byron Charing Cross will be offering 2-4-1 cocktails for anyone attending both film festivals – show your film ticket to your server and claim on arrival when you buy a burger.

London Rialto G Casino

Anyone with a West End Cinema ticket, or a pass to a pre-purchased festival pass can be treated to a mouth-watering deal of 2-4-1 cocktails. Filled with classic casino games and a stylish bar area from which you can enjoy the full French Renaissance style décor, it’s the perfect place to refuel before (or after) your cinematic adventure.

Check terms/conditions with venues/offer organisers

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DJ Martin Garrix & heads Isle of MTV

MALTA Martin Garrix will be joined by co-headliner Bebe Rexha at the Isle of MTV 2019 in Il-Fosos Square on Tuesday 9th July.

Dutch DJ prodigy Martin Garrix rose to global stardom early in life and since then conquered the dance and pop charts, with hit singles including collaborations with stars like Tiësto, Khalid, Dua Lipa and the #1 hit and worldwide success 'In the Name of Love' with Bebe Rexha which earned him two wins at the MTV EMAs, 'Scared to Be Lonely' with Dua Lipa and many more!

New York City native Bebe Rexha, the Grammy-nominated pop superstar whose hits include global success and #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart 'Meant to Be' featuring Florida Georgia Line, dance hit 'Say My Name' featuring David Guetta and J Balvin and gold certified title 'I’m a Mess.' 

In 2019, the singer-songwriter released her latest hit 'Last Hurrah' and received two nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards® for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for 'Meant to Be.' Bebe is also known for her songwriting credits, having written for artists including Eminem and Rihanna and collaborating with the likes of rapper G-Eazy.

“I am so excited to be working with MTV again, it’s always a great experience,” commented Bebe. “I’ve heard such amazing things about Malta; I am looking forward to discovering the island myself, and can’t wait to perform for such a big crowd in such a beautiful setting – see you all there!”

Martin Garrix said “I can’t wait to be back in Malta for Isle of MTV. Last time was epic and I’m looking forward to an even bigger and crazier crowd this year!”

The main show will be followed by Isle of MTV Malta Music Week between 9th and 14th July. A week of events at the hottest venues across the island, from open air club nights to sunset boat parties. For more information, tickets and line-up go to www.isleofmtv.com.

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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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