Legendary photographer Mick Rock releases 5 unpublished prints ©Mick Rick 2020-Films of pop culture icons – Fundraiser for much-needed FFP3 masks for NHS staff. #MasksforNHS

The man they say shot the 70’s but I would say the music industry British born and bred photographer (resides currently in NY) Mick Rock is about to release 5 never-seen-before images of pop culture icons and the stories behind each. West Contemporary  images by Mick Rock featuring David Bowie, Kate Moss, Bryan Ferry, Freddie Mercury and Syd Barratt, in limited edition photographic fine art prints available to buy online at www.west-contemporary.com/buy-art. The London-based art consultancy and Mick Rock will donate 20% of all print sales to West Contemporary’s #MasksforNHS fundraiser, which has been set up to purchase as many FFP3 masks as possible from HCE (Health-Care Equipment www.hce-uk.com) who will then deliver them directly to the hospitals in need, at this critical time whilst coronavirus sweeps the globe. 
Mick had planned to do a small show of the unseen works together with others in London but since the Coronavirus hit he is now doing this online via his UK gallerist.

MICK ROCK recalls how the NHS are, like David Bowie and many others he’s photographed, an important and hugely iconic part of British culture and British history. He also has family living in the UK and says the NHS have always been there for every single Brit:

“The NHS have always been there for me growing up in the UK and for all members of my family, which is why I want to donate 20% of sales of my new works to this amazing fundraiser West Contemporary have set up. If this virus is a reminder of anything, it’s how much we need the NHS. They are our lifeline. We owe them every effort we can think of to protect their own lives whilst they are protecting the lives of others.” Mick Rock

West Contemporary and Mick Rock also urge the public to donate any amount they can to the fundraiser, no matter how small. The fundraiser URL is https://www.gofundme.com/f/raise-money-to-buy-masks-for- nhs-staff-from-hce


David Bowie: Milk Studios NYC 2002

“I hadn’t done a studio session with David in a number of years, although we had been discussing it for a while. A shoot for a US magazine and the desire to have some new photos to include in our first photobook collaboration, ‘Moonage Daydream’ gave us the impetus. I pulled together a number of elements to play with. The eyepatch and the binoculars stirred thoughts in us about a pilot from an imaginary second world war movie, which we were making up as we went along. We shot a lot of different images. Somehow this one didn’t surface. Until now!”

Kate Moss: Milk Studios, NYC 2002

“I can’t remember if this was before or after the Bowie session, but I do remember that Kate was a couple of hours late, however she made up for it with her highly cooperative attitude. As always, I shot a lot of frames, with a variety of lighting setups. I shot with both flash and photoflood and loved the shadows that I conjured up. The images I’ve shown most over the years are those where she is wearing tees with images of mine of Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed, made up specially for the session. This one was grabbed when the hair stylist was playing with her hair. I always liked it but never found the right occasion to surface it.”

Bryan Ferry, Holland Park, London

“In the garden of his house just off Holland Park Avenue in 1975, around the time of the Roxy Music single ‘Love Is The Drug’. I was living in my first house on Portland Road, a few minutes’ walk away. He wore a great elegantly rumpled khaki suit. I called it his ‘Our Man In Havana’ look, after the Alec Guinness movie. Bryan always looked good on film, and we were both happy with the results. First I shot him in the house. Later we went into his extensive garden. This one slipped through the net of our selections.”

Freddie Mercury, Great Newport Street, London

“This was shot as part of a session in mid 1974 at my then studio on Great Newport Street, near Leicester Square, London. I did several great sessions with him in those days. It was always very comfortable. He liked the images I came up with. I enjoyed our interaction. The one caveat was that he wanted to be shot with his lips closed. He had an overbite that made his front teeth protrude somewhat. He explained to me that he had 4 additional wisdom teeth at the back of his mouth. He didn’t want to have them removed because it would reduce his palette which he believed hamper his naturally extensive vocal range. He looks very cool in this image. I can’t explain why it got overlooked until now!”

Syd Barrett, Earls Court

“In his flat at Wetherby Mansions, Earls Court, London in the autumn of 1969. I was there to shoot his album cover for ’The Madcap Laughs’. This was the third time we had planned this, but this day he had woken at a reasonable hour. I didn’t live far away at the time and was able to catch him before his attention wandered elsewhere! He was still in his underpants when I arrived. His girlfriend who we all called ‘Iggy The Eskimo’ answered the door naked and that set the tone for this magical session! There was no furniture in the room, just a mattress and a record player. First I shot with him and Iggy on the turquoise and orange floorboards that he had recently painted. Then I shot him solo on the mattress. These were the most personal and intimate images and Syd told me they were his favourites. But everyone else was most drawn to the floorboard photos.”


Works for sale will also include those by Banksy, The Connor Brothers, Fin DAC, Lauren Baker,

JJ Adams, Eine, Charming Baker and Russell Marshall.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.