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The Unclosed Eye: a photographic exhibition by David Redfern

11 December, 2009


A new photographic exhibition, The Unclosed Eye by David Redfern, will be showcasing some of David’s iconic images at the Royal Albert Hall from 10 December 2099 until 13 January 2010 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s reflect series.

This exhibition covers 50 years of popular music photography. Through black & white and colour images largely printed direct from the original negative or transparency, this exhibition has an emphasis on the fabulous 60s & 70s eras, but does include some of his most recent work. The exhibition can be viewed during one of three free open days throughout December and January or when attending Royal Albert Hall performances. David Redfern began his career in the twilight jazz clubs of London in the early 1960’s, risking his one and only camera amongst the jiving teenage crowds. The British Trad boom was under way and his first published photos featured Kenny Ball, Chris Barber, George Melly, and the old Marquee Club. By day David began photographing TV Shows like Ready Steady Go, Thank Your Lucky Stars, and Jazz 625, resulting in now classic shots of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Bill Evans, and Duke Ellington. Evenings were spent photographing major shows and concerts at the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s or the Marquee, covering the whole field of popular music, producing iconic images of Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis to name just a few. David sold Redferns Music Picture Library to Getty Images in December 2009, but is still very active marketing his prints and photographing at clubs, concerts and festivals all over the world. David said ‘I’m very excited to be exhibiting at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a unique opportunity for my pictures to be seen by such a wide and diverse audience in contrast
to my other exhibitions’

Lucy Noble, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, said, ‘We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition by David Redfern at the Royal Albert Hall as part of our reflect series. He has taken some of the most iconic music photography over the past 50 years and it seems fitting that our audiences at the Royal Albert Hall will able to view some of his incredible work’.


Note for Editors

The Unclosed Eye
The Unclosed Eye exhibition can be viewed when attending performances at the Royal Albert Hall or during these free open days:
Saturday 12 December 10am-12.30pm
Saturday 9 January 10am-1pm
Sunday 10 January 10pm-1pm

For more information please visit or All prints are for sale, framed & unframed, as is the expanded updated hardback edition of David’s book,
The Unclosed Eye, published by David himself in 2005.

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the Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world's leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year which include performances of classical, jazz, world music, rock and pop, dance, comedy, film premières and award ceremonies. Audiences of well over a million are entertained each year and many millions more around the world enjoy the Hall experience through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.

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