Select an Insider and an Experience
Contact us and we’ll take care of the details
Meet your Insider for a unique creative Experience

Terence Spencer: Capturing the spirit of the 60s

A new exhibition at Proud Camden
  • Where: Proud Camden
  • What: Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression
  • Open until: August 20, 2017
  • Ticket price: Free
  • Why go: “Terence captures the intensity of even the most natural gestures.”

Entering Proud Camden one is greeted with a wave of evergreen classics: The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” fills the air with cheer. A fitting welcome for those about to embark on a short and powerful journey down music’s memory lane.

Terence Spencer may not be a familiar name to many, but his work captures brilliantly the spirit of the 60s. A past life as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot only encompassed half of the life success he enjoyed. After leaving the RAF, Terence began a career as a war photographer, producing work for LIFE magazine. His work took a curious turn when his daughter convinced him to join The Beatles on tour, which resulted in him capturing over 5000 images of the group. His images gained attention and led him to shoot for People magazine.

Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression, Proud Camden, 1st June – 20th August, www.proud.co.uk © Terence Spencer/Camera Pres

The exhibition mostly features his celebrity portraits, specifically those celebrities involved in the music scene of the time. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, Marianne Faithfull, Bowie and Hendrix all make an appearance on these walls. Terence captures the intensity of even the most natural gestures: a quiet cigarette in a dressing room, a moment of conversation amongst band members. Freddy Mercury is setting the table with a friend… Bob Marley lays in a chair reading the paper: these casual poses are full of intent.

Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression, Proud Camden, 1st June – 20th August, www.proud.co.uk © Terence Spencer/Camera Pres

Although the exhibition focuses on the 60s, a few portraits from the 80s make an appearance, most notably a beaming Richard Branson, holding a model plane. Through Terence’s images, we are left pondering what was and was has become of music and of the icons the world has celebrated and continues to celebrate.

Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression, Proud Camden, 1st June – 20th August, www.proud.co.uk © Terence Spencer/Camera Pres

Few places are better suited than Proud Camden to host this exhibit: a space that is clearly a music venue (with stage and mammoth disco ball). In the grunge and the grime of Camden, emerging into this little Mecca of music photography is cathartic. A fitting setting to celebrate Terence Spencer and his incredible photographs.

Photographs are on sale; prices between £400.00 – £3,500.00.