Famous shots of Jimi Hendrix hit Leeds

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He is one of the most celebrated and revered photographers in the history of rock and roll.

Now the works of Gered Mankowitz have come to Yorkshire with a special show focusing on his images of Jimi Hendrix.

His exhibition – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – will be presented at White Cloth Gallery on Aire Street, Leeds and feature some of the most iconic images ever shot of the blue guitarist.

Mr Mankowitz, who has also shot the likes of The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush and Slade, and who has had his works exhibited in permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The British photographer travelled to the city for the launch of the show, which will help to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Gerad said: “Jimi was so positive and excited about what was happening to him.

“He was easy to work with and a pleasure to be around. 
“Jimi was very shy and retiring, humble and modest.

“Not starry or assertive and that pretty well remained the case during the time that I knew him.

“There was a complete contrast between the man on stage and the man in person.”

Included among the imagery is Hendrix in his trademark military-style jacket.

A spokesman for the White Cloth Gallery said: “Gered’s photos were taken at a pivotal point in Jimi Hendrix’s short career.

“These iconic portraits capture the mystery and otherworldliness defining his public image, just as Gered’s 1965-67 portraits of the Rolling Stones defined them as the antithesis of the Beatles.

“This Hendrix exhibition gives a clear insight into the real Jimi relaxing upbeat, smiling and happy.”

Also exhibiting will be the celebrated Slim Aarons who served as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II.

The images will be on display until the end of April.

For more information contact the White Cloth Gallery telephone 0113 2181923.

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