Eye-Contact – The Complete Black-and-White Rolling Stones Archive of Gered Mankowitz - Gered Mankowitz 1998 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 323 of 950 copies A magnificent tome of images of The Rolling Stones, the complete black and white photographic archive of celebrated Stones’ photographer Gered Mankowitz, reproduced here as 12” x 16” contact sheets, and signed by Mankowitz on the limitation page. Housed in an impressive photographic solander box.

Renowned for his iconic images of The Rolling Stones, such as the
Between the Buttons cover shot, Mankowitz’s archive of 170 contact sheets presents a wealth of previously unpublished photographs of this legendary rock ‘n’ roll band, including 18 which Gered personally selected for full page reproduction in this wonderfully produced large format volume.

In allowing publication of his entire archive, Mankowitz requested the number of copies in the edition be kept to an absolute minimum in order to preserve the exclusivity of his historic images. A Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title, this edition is now full subscribed.
  ‘Having shot the cover for December's Children/Out of our Heads on a building site in early 1965, Andrew Loog Oldham asked Gered, then only 18 years old, to join the Stones as official photographer on their second 1965 tour of the USA. Returning to London, Gered continued to work with the Stones until 1968, photographing them at home, in Olympic Studios, on Primrose Hill and during their infamous performance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Accompanying all these images are Gered's fascinating recollections of his time spent with the Stones during their early years.’ – from the publisher

‘Gered Mankowitz was born in London, England, on 3rd August 1946. The first of four sons of the late author, playwright and film writer Wolf Mankowitz and his wife, the Jungian psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz

At the end of 1963 Gered opened his first studio, at 9 Masons Yard in the heart of London’s West End. On one side was the infamous disco “The Scotch of St.James”, hangout of the pop glitterati of the time, and on the other the art gallery “Indica”, partly financed by The Beatles and where John Lennon met Yoko Ono.

Within a few months Gered had already begun to make a name for himself, and he was approached to photograph Marianne Faithful, who had just had a big hit with “As Tears Go By”. Working closely with Marianne he got to know her manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham. In early 1965, Oldham asked him to photograph the Rolling Stones, who he also managed and produced. This was a major turning point in Gered’s career, because from this first session came the cover for “Out of Our Heads” (U.S. title “December’s Children”), and as a result he was asked by the Stones to go to America with them on their record breaking 1965 autumn tour. During this 9 week (48 city) tour of the U.S. Gered photographed the Stones on stage and off, and got particularly close to Keith and Charlie. There were many adventures as Gered found himself on the road with the greatest Rock band in the world at the peak of their original success. Gered continued working with the Stones as their ‘official’ photographer, producing photos for albums (“Between the Buttons”; “Got Live If You Want It”; “Big Hits”; and several others), press and publicity, taken at home, in the recording studio, on stage and behind the scenes until 1967, when the band broke off with their manager, Oldham. [www.mankowitz.com]

References:
Genesis Publications, web.
Folio, landscape format (45.5 x 32 cm). pp. 208. Master-printed on 200 GSM matte art paper with red acetate title page.
  Original publisher’s large spiral binding, silver silk-screen printed boards. Housed in a pictorial solander box, depicting a two-tone silver montage of the Stones, and incorporating a specially produced linen tester magnifying glass   Condition: Fine, in near fine solander box, with a hint of rubbing to extremities.   Ref: 108173   Price: HK$ 8,500