ROCK IT: From left Luke Kellett, Councillor Carol Duncan, Maclay Heriot holding his image of Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies, Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton, Sophie Howarth and Charlie Hardy (kneeling at front). Picture: Supplied
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ROCK ON: Spotlight shines on music photography in We Can Be Heroes exhibition

There’s no denying that when it comes to creating a rock star persona, all of the swagger in the world doesn’t amount to a hill of check one-two if the imagery isn’t on point.

Well, the glory of music photography- both portraiture and live gig snapping will be celebrated with the We Can Be Heroes: A Backstage Pass exhibition, kicking off at Newcastle Art Gallery next week.

From home town heroes to international world beaters, the exhibition will showcase a slew of musical icons from the ’70s to today including the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Gang Of Youths, Midnight Oil and Silverchair.

Showcasing work from the likes of renowned Newcastle-based lens legends Charlie Hardy and Luke Kellett as well as Sydneysiders Maclay Heriot and Sophie Howarth, the exhibition will also give you unprecedented access to some of the world’s biggest festivals like Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and the Big Day Out.

And, given that large scale events like these are likely to be a ways off yet, getting your gig fix by living vicariously through these top-quality captures is just the ticket for any gig-deprived music fan.

“At a time when COVID-19 restrictions have changed the way we experience live music, this exhibition is a wonderful reminder of the joy of going to a gig and the memories that musicians create for their fans,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

Gallery director Lauretta Morton added that the exhibition highlighted the talent and skill required to take a timeless image while being jostled by ‘colleagues’ in the pit as the subject darts to and fro on stage.

“This major summer exhibition celebrates not only the connection and relationship between the photographer and their subject, it also showcases their incredible artistic talent in capturing unforgettable moments through rarely seen touring photos, unreleased press images and views from the stage that very few of us get to experience.,” she said.

WE CAN BE HEROES: A Backstage Pass will run from 14 November 2020 to 14 February 2021 at the Newcastle Art Gallery.