Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Bob Bonis collection

Bob Bonis, american tour manager, reportedly took over 3500 candid pictures of the Beatles and the Stones during their american tours from 1964.1966, and 48 of those photos will go on display from tomorrow at Not Fade Away Gallery in New York. Here are some samples of The Beatles photos.

All photos by Bob Bonis © 2009, 2269 Productions, Inc

The exhibit runs March 4 through April 4.
Bob Bonis was a private man who never seeked any publicity. He died in 1991 at 59.
Bonis’ son Alex recently discovered the pictures and took them, along with a collection of his father’s memorabilia, to Larry Marion, founder/director of the Not Fade Away Gallery. From accounts it appears the photos were an afterthought and were stuffed at the bottom of a bag filled with other mementos of both bands.
Some of Bob's photos were printed in music magazines in the late sixties, but the bulk of them have never been published before.
Now some of the photos make up the gallery’s first exhibit, and Alex Bonis is one of the establishment’s partners.

In addition to pictures of the Beatles and the Stones, the elder Bonis also shot photos of Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, Cream, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra, plus several jazz greats. Many of these photographs will be featured in future exhibits at the gallery.
A photo book is expected in late 2009 or 2010.

Not Fade Away Gallery
Bob Bonis Website (more photos)
An interview with Bob Bonis

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