Richard Bellia presents around thirty photos of the mythical group The Cure in the London agnès b. shop agnès b. of Covent Garden, from June 14th till July 9th, 2018… an attractive way of taking part in their concert of July 7th that will celebrate their 40’s in Hyde Park, during the British Summer Time Festival!!
Richard Bellia and agnès b. did not have the opportunity to meet very often, but it is always with a great pleasure that the stylist has been exhibiting in her shops the magnificent black and white photos of the photographer for almost 10 years now… first within the Lyon Nuits Sonores Festival in 2009, then in Paris, Montpellier, Brussels!
Born in France in 1962, it’s in October 1980, during a Cure concert, that Richard Bellia decided to become a rock photographer. In 1985, he settled in London and quickly began to work for the famous Melody Maker magazine. This new contribution sparked an interest from the French press and Bellia became a regular correspondent specializing in the British music scene. He only works with silver-based photography and the majority of his photos are black and white. In addition to practical reasons, Bellia has mostly chosen black and white as a quest for perfection while in the dark room. He has exhibited in United States, England and Europe.
“I turned to photography at the age of 18. There was a camera lying around at a friend’s party, I took it, I took photo after photo and when my friends saw the result, they all said, “Your photos are really great!” and I told myself that was what I should do.” Richard Bellia
The photos exhibited are taken from the book Un Œil sur la Musique 1982 – 2007 by Richard Bellia: 375 photos, colors and black & white commented by the author. Many musical genres are approached on this book: rock, punk, electro music, metal, rap and in a general way, all which attracted the ear of the author since he goes to concert with his cameras.
“A very beautiful object where we meet Robert Smith with no make up on, Chemical Brothers in a pharmacy, Morrissey in his big time, a Ramone being sucked. ” – Libération (in November, 07)
“Rarely a work of artists’ photos did disturbed me so much by what they say of their time: from 1982 till 2007, Richard Bellia painted a portrait of the rock, punk and new-wave’s history. Moved, rough, immediate, accompanied with incisive comments, these photos make the identity of the rock. A magnificent book.” -Sophie Loubière – France Inter.
exhibition from June 14 to July 9
opening Thursday 14 June, 6-9pm
agnès b. 35/36 Floral street, London WC2E 9DJ.