Artist Talk: Jill Furmanovsky with Chrissie Hynde

July 7, 2016, 6:00 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Acclaimed Rock and Roll photographer Jill Furmanovsky will present a free talk about her career photographing some of rock’s biggest and most notorious names at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 pm. Furmanovsky will be joined on stage for a conversation by Akron native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde. The artist talk coincides with Furmanovsky’s exhibition Chunk of Punk, which opens at 22 High St. Gallery at Uncorked on Friday, July 8.

Artists photographed in her 40+ year career include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Police, Blondie, The Pretenders, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Florence and the Machine and many more. Her work was displayed at the Akron Art Museum as a part of the 2011 Who Shot Rock and Roll Exhibition. Who Shot Rock showcased photographers who helped create the visual identity of rock and roll. Her image of Florence Welsh graced the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 as part of the exhibition as it traveled to the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Furmanovsky will share pictures and stories from her career at the Akron Art Museum beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, followed by a conversation on stage with Akron rocker Chrissie Hynde, who Furmanovsky has photographed and filmed extensively. Chunk of Punk is a featured component of Punk Week in Akron, which will include concerts at Musica, Hive Mind and Annabell's, as well as film screenings at the Nightlight Cinema.

About Jill Furmanovsky

Rockarchive founder, Jill Furmanovsky, was born and brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Her parents moved to London in 1965 when Jill was 11 years old and she became a member of the Beatles fan-club and an 'Apple scruff' – one of the teenagers that hung around outside Abbey Road hoping to catch sight of the Fab Four. Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney standing outside his house with two of her school friends taken on a Kodak Instamatic.

Following a foundation course at Harrow School of Art, Jill studied textile and graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design. After only two weeks training in photography, she had a lucky break when she was offered (and gleefully accepted) the unpaid job of official photographer at London's premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre, in 1972.

Her book The Moment: 25 Years of Rock Photography (1995) is a seminal work in the genre. Furmanovsky has received many awards for her music photography including The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award (1992) and 'Woman of the Year' for Music and Related Industries (1988), and the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by Record of The Day Magazine.

Photo: Jill Furmanovsky in Dublin, 2013, by David Cantwell.

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