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In The Moment: The Art of Music Photography

In The Moment: The Art of Photography

Oasis © Jill Furmanovsky

This exhibition chronicles the evolution of music photography over the last 70 years. It showcases iconic rock and roll images and the photographers who shot them.

Be it the magical atmosphere of a live gig, defining sessions in the recording studio or candid behind-the-scenes reportage, great photography distils decisive moments for all to see and feel.

To mark its 25th year as a unique collective of music photographers is proud to present In The Moment: The Art of Music Photography. 

Highlights include Michael Putland’s thrilling shot of Pete Townshend’s guitar being thrown through the air whilst The Who performed at Madison Square Garden in 1979, Jill Furmanovsky’s evocative silhouette of Oasis captured during the making of their video for Wonderwall in 1995, and a contact sheet of photographs taken by Brian Duffy during David Bowie’s historic Aladdin Sane album cover shoot in 1973.


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We hope you enjoy the exhibition and find it interesting and informative. If you would like to find out more about or buy any of the prints featured, please visit

This exhibition is free and there is no need to book. It is open during Barbican Library opening hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9.30am-5.30pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays: 9.30am-7.30pm
Saturdays: 9.30am-4pm
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays including Saturday 8 April.

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