The front cover artwork for our upcoming Kate Bush book WOW! in all its 45x60cm / 18x24 inch glory.

The front cover artwork for our upcoming Kate Bush book WOW! in all its 45x60cm / 18x24 inch glory.

Spread of the week

Here’s a sample double page spread from our upcoming Kate Bush book, WOW!

Smokin’ Stone - a previously unpublished image from Peter Webb’s 1971 session with The Rolling Stones that will appear on the back cover of our upcoming new book, Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session - photographs by Peter Webb.

Smokin’ Stone - a previously unpublished image from Peter Webb’s 1971 session with The Rolling Stones that will appear on the back cover of our upcoming new book, Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session - photographs by Peter Webb.

Peter Webb’s classic ‘Falling Stones’ photograph didn’t happen randomly. He ran through some practice sessions with the band. Here’s a previously unseen photograph of the Stones, which Peter calls ‘Stones Rollin’, from the session that will feature in the new book.

Peter Webb’s classic ‘Falling Stones’ photograph didn’t happen randomly. He ran through some practice sessions with the band. Here’s a previously unseen photograph of the Stones, which Peter calls ‘Stones Rollin’, from the session that will feature in the new book.

We have a new book in the pipeline - Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session - photographs by Peter Webb.
Here’s a shot of the current gallery display, where we have a full size version of the book ( a whopping 18 x 24 inches) sitting in one of our custom acrylic slide-in-slide-out display cases. That’s Peter Webb’s classic ‘Falling Stones” image on the front cover.
We are running a very special pre-launch offer, which applies until 31 May. 
The gallery display also runs until 31 May, and features a collection of Peter’s limited edition photographs alongside the book.

We have a new book in the pipeline - Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session - photographs by Peter Webb.

Here’s a shot of the current gallery display, where we have a full size version of the book ( a whopping 18 x 24 inches) sitting in one of our custom acrylic slide-in-slide-out display cases. That’s Peter Webb’s classic ‘Falling Stones” image on the front cover.

We are running a very special pre-launch offer, which applies until 31 May.

The gallery display also runs until 31 May, and features a collection of Peter’s limited edition photographs alongside the book.

Made to Love Magic

Nothing irks a photographer more than when their images get wildly cropped or, worse still, reversed when turned in album cover artwork by a sleeve designer. Bob Dylan’s first album is a good example - the original photograph by Don Hunstein has been flipped 180 degrees on its horizontal axis to arrive at the version on the cover. A top-tip to pick up on this is always to look at the position of the buttons and button holes on shirts and jackets. If they are on the wrong side ( different sides for men and women ) then its pretty likely you have a reversal. 

In our new book, I saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris, we wanted to put right a similar act of reversal (and severe cropping) by the designer of the sleeve of the posthumous 2004 Nick Drake compilation album Made to Love Magic.  You know it. Here’s the front cover artwork:

The actual, un-doctored  photograph was taken by Keith Morris on 35mm film in Battersea, South London, during the 1969 sessions for Five Leaves Left. ( In an earlier blog post, we show how that session can be dated as Wednesday 16 April 1969.) 35mm film has an aspect ratio of 1 ( height) to 1.5 ( width) so given the image is used on a square album sleeve, there’s a chunk of image lost through cropping.

As you’ll see when you look at the original, on the album sleeve, a poster saying ‘Many Years Ago' has been added over the original poster announcing the budget speech. More importantly, Keith Morris's original image has been flipped 180 degrees on its horizontal axis. Check out the original image below, with Nick Drake looking to the left edge of the frame, adn you'll see how Keith saw it.

When we were putting the book together, we thought that this image was so important that it deserved to have an entire 24 x 36 inch double page spread all to itself, so that viewers could appreciate it in all its un-cropped, un-flipped, un-postered natural glory.

Check it out below. Beautiful, isn’t it? 

As promised, here’s some info on what’s on the other side of the slipcase designed to house our new book, I Saw Nick Drake: Photographs by Keith Morris
It’s one of Keith Morris’s most famous Nick Drake photographs, taken just off Hampstead Heath, for the Pink Moon session in late 1971.
It shows Nick Drake walking away from the camera down a path (accessed from South Hill Park) onto the Heath, with one of the ponds in the background, while a golden retriever walks towards him and looks up at him. This enigmatic photograph was used in a full page advert placed by Island Records in Melody Maker on 26 February 1972 to promote Pink Moon. The golden retriever, Gus, belonged to Island Records’ Art Director Annie Sullivan, who accompanied Nick Drake and Keith Morris on the shoot.
Keith, a self confessed Nick Drake fan, would choose this as his personal favourite Nick Drake photograph. As Keith described it, this was an instinctive photograph. “I just suddenly saw something and reacted.” Nick Drake was only walking away from the camera in the first place in order to walk back up towards Keith, when Gus came into the frame. Keith was rightly proud of it.
So with the special acrylic slide-in slide-out display frame, you can choose which side of the slipcase to display, and swap it over from time to time - the contact sheet of 35 images, or the Hampstead Heath shot with Gus. How about that for a dilemma? 
You can order a display frame here

As promised, here’s some info on what’s on the other side of the slipcase designed to house our new book, I Saw Nick Drake: Photographs by Keith Morris

It’s one of Keith Morris’s most famous Nick Drake photographs, taken just off Hampstead Heath, for the Pink Moon session in late 1971.

It shows Nick Drake walking away from the camera down a path (accessed from South Hill Park) onto the Heath, with one of the ponds in the background, while a golden retriever walks towards him and looks up at him. This enigmatic photograph was used in a full page advert placed by Island Records in Melody Maker on 26 February 1972 to promote Pink Moon. The golden retriever, Gus, belonged to Island Records’ Art Director Annie Sullivan, who accompanied Nick Drake and Keith Morris on the shoot.

Keith, a self confessed Nick Drake fan, would choose this as his personal favourite Nick Drake photograph. As Keith described it, this was an instinctive photograph. “I just suddenly saw something and reacted.” Nick Drake was only walking away from the camera in the first place in order to walk back up towards Keith, when Gus came into the frame. Keith was rightly proud of it.

So with the special acrylic slide-in slide-out display frame, you can choose which side of the slipcase to display, and swap it over from time to time - the contact sheet of 35 images, or the Hampstead Heath shot with Gus. How about that for a dilemma? 

You can order a display frame here

The first wave…I saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris, ready to be slipcased, packaged and delivered to their new owners

The first wave…I saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris, ready to be slipcased, packaged and delivered to their new owners

Here’s a copy of I Saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris, with a front view of the printed slipcase that houses the book. The slipcase art reproduces the entire roll of Keith Morris’s 35mm film from the famous stretch of wall outside the Morgan Crucible Factory in Battersea, from April 1969, the scene of that ‘running man’ image that appears on Five Leaves Left.
The book and slipcase are shown hanging on the wall in the special acrylic display frame we have designed to allow you to access your book easily ( by virtue of its slide in/ slide out design ) and admire it as a work of art on your wall.
What’s on the other side of the slipcase? Patience! We’ll reveal that in a separate blog post.

Here’s a copy of I Saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris, with a front view of the printed slipcase that houses the book. The slipcase art reproduces the entire roll of Keith Morris’s 35mm film from the famous stretch of wall outside the Morgan Crucible Factory in Battersea, from April 1969, the scene of that ‘running man’ image that appears on Five Leaves Left.

The book and slipcase are shown hanging on the wall in the special acrylic display frame we have designed to allow you to access your book easily ( by virtue of its slide in/ slide out design ) and admire it as a work of art on your wall.

What’s on the other side of the slipcase? Patience! We’ll reveal that in a separate blog post.

Our Nick Drake book launch / exhibit is well and truly on.
In the gallery for the next four weeks we’ll be displaying a selection of double page spreads from I saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris mounted on the walls.
Over two floors of the gallery we are showing just over 50% of the book on the walls, lifesize, with each spread measuring a whopping 24 x 36 inches / 60 x 90 cm. When you come to the gallery, you get a sense of the scale of this incredible book.
We also have a display copy on show of the entire book for gallery visitors to see in all its glory, as well as a wall mounted copy in our special acrylic display case that enables you to show your book on the wall like a piece of art - which is what it is, after all.

Our Nick Drake book launch / exhibit is well and truly on.

In the gallery for the next four weeks we’ll be displaying a selection of double page spreads from I saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris mounted on the walls.

Over two floors of the gallery we are showing just over 50% of the book on the walls, lifesize, with each spread measuring a whopping 24 x 36 inches / 60 x 90 cm. When you come to the gallery, you get a sense of the scale of this incredible book.

We also have a display copy on show of the entire book for gallery visitors to see in all its glory, as well as a wall mounted copy in our special acrylic display case that enables you to show your book on the wall like a piece of art - which is what it is, after all.