BD1 Gallery is a new venture on the Bradford skyline. Recently founded by Sam Brown gallery director and cinematographer. Sam has worked in the film industry for 25 years and has recently moved back to Bradford from London. He has just completed filming of a feature film documentary on fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. We are hoping to screen the film next year.
BD1 Gallery will be open to local artists and photographers work in the new year. Future plans include a photographic portrait studio and community projects.
We are opening for a private view on Friday 27th October at 6pm of Photographer Lawrence Watson's exhibition.
Please email for availability to the Private View (email@example.com).
We are open to the public from Saturday 28th October 2017. All are welcome.
November & December
Friday - 11.30am to 2.30pm
Saturday - 11am to 6pm
Sunday - 11am to 5pm
It's a complete pleasure to host this debut show at the BD1 Gallery. This is a visual celebration of an immensely fertile period in the career of one of this country's most important music photographers, Lawrence Watson. Lawrence's photographs really do all the talking.
What started as a snatched session at the film recording of The Style Council's Confessions of a Pop Group was to become the break that propelled Lawrence Watson along a career in music photography that would take him around the world - from New York's hip-hop soaked five boroughs to the streets of LA and back to the UK via the Gallagher's Manchester. All of which is now captured in his book The World is Yours.
Born in Hammersmith in 1963, Lawrence Watson is one of the most talented photographers this country has ever produced. After leaving school with an 'O' Level in art he started an apprenticeship at a dark room in Old Street, moved on to London Weekend Television and then began contributing to the New Musical Express, freelancing at evenings and weekends. In the early 80s as hip hop took off, Lawrence went over to the US and captured legendary artists Run DMC. Eric B and Rakim and Public Enemy in their prime. From there he has gone on to work with the biggest names in music and is responsible for iconic portraits of Spike Milligan, Robert Duvall, and Harold Pinter.
At the end of the Confessions of a Pop Group session, Weller approached Lawrence and gave him the address of Solid Bond recording studios and asked him to drop the shots off there. "That was it," said Lawrence, "I spent the whole of that weekend in the darkroom, painstakingly hand-printing 50 or so bromides. I wanted them to be perfect. On Monday night after work, I raced over to Solid Bond with my box of prints. Luckily Paul was still working." Expecting Weller to like perhaps one or at best two of the prints, Lawrence was shocked at his response: "After looking at them, Paul telephoned his long-time friend and sleeve designer, Simon Halfon, and said he wanted to replace the artwork on the Confessions sleeve with my photographs. This was despite the fact that the sleeve had already been designed! Needless to say, I floated home that evening."
After Confessions, Lawrence has worked with Weller throughout his solo career, creating iconic images for several of his album covers, directing videos and still works as his tour photographer. He has also worked extensively with Oasis and was invited to document the recording of their Dig out Your Soul album at the legendary Abbey Road studios.
These photographs can now been viewed in one place in The World is Yours, a retrospective of Lawrence's iconic images including Morrissey, David Bowie, Pulp, Snoop Dog, Isaac Hayes, Ian Brown, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order and Terry Hall.
Writer, Sean O'Hagan, who also worked with Lawrence on the NME added: "You can sense how Lawrence works - quietly, unobtrusively, intently - from his portraits. You can sense the trust he engenders in people he has grown to know over the years. He kept on doing it, and he kept on getting better. He has that eye for the crucial moment."
It's certainly been an exciting journey for Lawrence and one that you can now see documented for yourself in this retrospective, and as he says himself: "It has never felt like work, always a joy."
Sam Brown, Gallery Director, October 2017
BD1 Gallery is situated in central Bradford, near Sunbridge Wells.
54-62 Godwin St,