Soho was Leee Back Childers favourite place. It is fitting that his first solo show UK show since 2012 should be at Cuts, 41 Frith Street, Soho. The show includes pictures that have been found after his death and not previously shown in a solo show before.
The exhibition spans Leee’s amazing life from being part of Andy Warhol’s Factory to being tour manager for David Bowie and Iggy Pop to bringing his band the Heartbreakers over to join the Anarchy Tour with the Sex Pistols.
Leee Black Childers was a great photographer because he was always more than just a photographer. Even if he had never taken a photograph, he would have been an important historic figure, but fortunately for us he did.
Most photographers have good working relationships with their subjects, but few have managed, created, partied and lived with their subjects like Leee. This gives his photographs a unique sense of intimacy and sincerity.
Nobody else was as close to the Warhol Superstars as Leee, or helped Bowie create his Ziggy Stardust persona or photographed Debbie so much before she was Blondie or partied with as many drag queens, rent boys, pick pockets, junkies and punks and captured their enduring images as well as Leee.
The fact that Leee’s pictures have not been over exposed to the public like some of his contemporaries makes them all the more exciting for a new audience and his historical significance as a music manager and Warhol figure give them an extra layer of credibility.
All the rock photographs in the exhibition are estate stamped and limited editions.
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