Iconic British rock band, Duran Duran, and photographer Denis O’Regan are opening a pop up exhibition this week, to display a fantastic selection of photographs from a new limited edition coffee table photographic book, entitled ‘Careless Memories’, documenting the band’s record-breaking 1984 Sing Blue Silver Tour. The exhibition is located at 15 Foubert’s Place, off Carnaby Street (not far from the band’s original 1984 office) and will run until December 6, 2013. The limited edition book will also be available to pre-order at the gallery.
The exhibition will feature previously unseen large format photographs, taken from the ‘Careless Memories’ book, which will be released by Intense Books later in the month. Containing hundreds of exquisitely restored images, taken by O’Regan mostly during the North American and Japanese legs of the band’s tour, the book provides an unparalleled visual history of Duran Duran’s ascent to the top, with a commentary from the band members themselves. It documents the excitement of the shows, the hysteria and mayhem that surrounded the group, and the tedium of life on the road as they became prisoners of their own success.
The exhibition completes Carnaby’s year of celebrating music icons.
Priced from £250, each special edition ‘Careless Memories’ large format, hard cover book (373mm x 249mm) will contain more than 200 pages of both colour and black and white images. The deluxe edition (priced from £500), will be signed by all five original band members, and is delivered in a cloth-bound presentation box that will also contain limited edition, signed photographic prints, published by Off Beat. Five Unique Editions of the book (priced at £2500) will also be made available, containing contemporary fine art prints and 1984 vintage prints, together with handwritten lyrics of one of the band’s classic hits by lead singer, Simon Le Bon.
Denis O’Regan was the exclusive official photographer on Duran Duran’s Sing Blue Silver Tour. He joined the band in France, where they were filming the video for their single ‘New Moon On Monday’, and stayed with them until the end of the run, covering their Japanese and North American dates, as well as a number of other European shows and promotional appearances.
Nick Rhodes says “We chose Denis to accompany us on tour based upon his work and his reputation. He was one of a small elite group of rock photographers who really knew how to shoot a live show properly. We had seen the stunning results he achieved with other artists and wanted him to do the same for us. It helped enormously that his personality fitted in so well too, we laughed a lot together. If you weren’t able to keep up with the constant humour we survived on, you really didn’t stand a chance. Denis rose to the occasion admirably!”
Lead singer, Simon Le Bon added: “Photography has been massively important to us throughout our career, as it enabled us to maintain a worldwide presence while we were on tour. Denis’s photographs provide a wonderful document from that period.”
The ‘Careless Memories’ exhibition runs from November 26th – December 6th.
15 Foubert’s Place, Carnaby, London, W1
Opening hours Monday – Sunday 10am – 8pm. Free Entry
Further details can be found at www.duranduran.com and www.carnaby.co.uk