Tracing a musical journey

Tracing a musical journey

Tracing a musical journey

Music photography archivist Dave Brolan, who has curated the on-going exhibition ‘Gibson Through The Lens’, has attempted to look at something simple and interpret it in an extraordinary format. He has collected and knit together pictures of musicians different periods in this exhibition.

How different is the exhibition from what he has curated before? “Earlier, I would focus on a young photographer and his or her works or one artiste. Here, the pictures are varied in genre and with different backgrounds, showcasing different models of Gibson guitars. It was a wide palette to choose from,” he says.

This exhibition, which is being held as part of the 120th anniversary celebrations of Gibson Brands Inc., comprises 60 vintage and rare photographs of rock and guitar legends armed with their Gibson guitars.

“Photographs of musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Slash, Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz and Noel Gallagher are a part of the exhibition. While selecting images for the exhibition, we focussed on both the photographers and the artistes. We compiled a list of the artistes who should be included and the music photographers whom we wanted to work with. We wanted it to be more than just a regular photo exhibition, which would attract not just musicians or photographers but also people interested in art,” says Dave.

The work of thirty rock photographers including Baron Wolman, Mick Rock, Ross Halfin and the late Jim Marshall are a part of the exhibition. A unique visual treat — this exhibition will display visuals of the world’s most iconic artistes enjoying moments with their Gibson guitars, be it backstage, on the tour bus, at home or live on stage. “There wasn’t any filtering of pictures on genres; the exhibition included pictures of artistes from all genres.

We have focussed more on the photographs and how striking they are. The common thread that connects the pictures is the Gibson guitar,” he says.

Dave adds that in this era, when images are easily available digitally, the impact of the exhibition at a gallery is different. “It’s like listening to music on your own and watching a music concert,” feels Dave.

After exhibiting ‘Gibson Through The Lens’ in London, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Los Angeles, Dave hopes that the exhibition will get a welcoming response in the City.

“Bengaluru is one of the first cities in India where popular groups like ‘Metallica’, ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘The Rolling Stones’ and Bryan Adams have performed. Thus we’re expecting the City to be enthralled by the visuals of the artistes,” says Dave. This exhibition is on Vivanta by Taj, MG Road till December 2.