Oasis and Glastonbury photos in first ever Jill Furmanovsky exhibition

A vast collection of Oasis snaps and colourful Glastonbury pictures are available to see at Manchester’s Central Library this spring.

A new display, called ‘Photographing The Invisible’, opened on April 15, and captures the best work of veteran music photographer Jill Furmanovsky. Throughout her career, the 70-year-old has photographed some incredible artists over the last 50 years.

Amongst a wide array of photographs encapsulating performers and sell-out concerts are some big names in the music industry, with Pink Floyd and The Madness just to name a few. 

The exhibition begins with a collection of black and white close up shots, focusing on the likes of Kurt Cobain and Bob Dylan. Throughout the display, there are also a number of collages both with and without colour, documenting Furmanovsky’s illustrious career.

Some of the photographer’s most prominent work comes from her time spent with Pink Floyd. Alongside her pieces, the experienced snapper describes the journey of her time with the rock group.

Speaking about the pioneering band, Furmanovsky said: “My relationship with Pink Floyd spans my entire career which is why they open this retrospective exhibition.”

The 70-year-old also described her experience joining the band on tour, as well as photographing them recording ‘Wish You Were Here’ at Abbey Road Studios.

The display at Manchester’s Central Library also included plenty of imagery of Mancunian band Oasis.

Furmanovsky captured some of the band’s most iconic moments during their almost two-decade career. Snaps include Liam Gallagher on the tambourine, to footage of recording the 1995 album ‘Live Forever’. 

As well as providing the public an insight into specific artists, the display also includes images from a number of Glastonbury festivals throughout the years.

Jill Furmanovsky’s first experience of the iconic music weekend came in 1993, and the photographer recalls how difficult it was to truly capture the experience of the event.

Furmanovsky said: “The sheer size of the site means you can photograph a fraction of what’s going on.”

During her visits to the Somerset fields, the photographer managed to get on stage with Bob Dylan, as well as joining Radiohead and Pulp to capture the crowd from a different perspective.

The exhibition as a whole provides guests with a unique insight into unseen aspects of the music world, and offers an up close and personal peek into some of the most successful artists of the last 50 years.

Admission for the display is free, and will be in place at the Central Library until June 24.

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