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Oasis, Maine Road, Manchester. 1996

New retrospective ‘Photographing the Invisible’ by Jill Furmanovsky opens in Manchester, UK.

For the last 50 years, Jill Furmanovsky has been photographing music’s greatest icons. Now, for the first time, Jill is launching her first retrospective which includes some of her most famous works and hidden gems from her extensive archive. Guest curated by Noel Gallagher and photo-historian Gail Buckland, the show, which is presented by, runs for ten weeks and features over 100 images. Subjects include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, The Police, Bob Marley, Chic, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Cure, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, The Pretenders, Beyonce, to name just a few.  

I cherish working with musicians, but it was photography that captured my heart first.

Jill Furmanovsky

Highlights include ‘meditations from the pit’ that capture the sheer joy and exuberance of live photography, intimate on-the-road shoots carried out for the music press of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and fashion-inspired portraiture from The Face era. There are sensitive images of reclusive subjects such as Jeff Buckley, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, as well as open-armed collaborations with Chrissie Hynde, Madness, and her greatest muse, Oasis, for whom Jill has dedicated a whole section of previously unseen images.

It is this mutual respect between Jill and artists that has made her one of the most celebrated photographers of her time. Bringing the stories behind the imagery closer, audio about specific exhibits narrated by Jill, Noel Gallagher and Chrissie Hynde will be available for visitors to access through their own headphones. Below is one such example with Jill describing the day she photographed Bob Marley in a London flat, in 1972.

  1. Bob Marley, London 1972. © Jill Furmanovsky