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The Transformer Series

Lou Reed, Mick Rock

From their limited edition book, Transformer, Lou Reed and Mick Rock selected six rare and unseen images, all of which hold personal and historical significance, to create a series of signed and stamped fine art prints.

In studios, on streets, onstage and backstage, Mick's lens captures the different sides of Lou. The Transformer Series reveals Lou the performer, the New Yorker, the artist and the friend.

Only 20 numbered Giclées of each portrait are to be created, each signed by Mick Rock and with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp.

'All these moments would be gone forever if it wasn't for Mick.' Lou Reed

1. Goodnight Ladies

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King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972

'This was your first show in Europe, other than the encore with David Bowie at Royal Festival Hall.' Mick Rock

'I'm wearing velvet pants, of course. Do you know how hot those things were?' Lou Reed

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 1. Goodnight Ladies image 1
  • 1. Goodnight Ladies image 2
  • 1. Goodnight Ladies image 3
  • 1. Goodnight Ladies image 4

2. Transformer

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King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972

'I went to visit Lou to look over the results of that night's shooting. He was especially interested in the black-and-white contact sheets and quickly zoned in on a certain frame. The minute Lou saw the print, he said, 'That's the cover.'' Mick Rock

'Mick and I just hit it off and I really liked his photos, so that was that. I'm out of the Warhol Factory, so I'd been watching Andy and Billy Linich use that high-contrast look for years, wanting a chance to use the idea myself. Then Mick took this terrific photo.' Lou Reed

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 2. Transformer image 1
  • 2. Transformer image 2
  • 2. Transformer image 3
  • 2. Transformer image 4

3. Make Up

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King's Cross Cinema, London: 14 July, 1972

'This has the same great look as the Transformer cover. Madame Tussauds wanted to base a waxwork of me on this photograph. I said, 'Can you make me a small one?' They said, 'It'll melt.' 'I have a refrigerator.' And they were like, 'Lou, please.'' Lou Reed

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 3. Make Up image 1
  • 3. Make Up image 2
  • 3. Make Up image 3
  • 3. Make Up image 4

4. Wild Side

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Great Newport Street Studio, London: Spring/Summer, 1975

'I love the boots he was wearing. He had very shapely legs.' Mick Rock'

I did and do. Don't you love the ladder next to it? Isn't Mick great?' Lou Reed

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 4. Wild Side image 1
  • 4. Wild Side image 2
  • 4. Wild Side image 3
  • 4. Wild Side image 4

5. New York

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New York City: September, 1976.

'On the streets of New York somewhere... I remember the winter of 1976, when I was in New York working on the Rock and Roll Heart tour. Lou said that he wanted to have a little chat, so asked if we could go for a walk. I can't remember what we talked about, but we walked about 60 blocks of New York in the snow!' Mick Rock

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 5. New York image 1
  • 5. New York image 2
  • 5. New York image 3
  • 5. New York image 4

6. Hangin' Round

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New York City: September 1976.

'Lou rehearsing in New York. He let me capture these moments. It wasn't really an effort; a lot of it was very spontaneous.' Mick Rock

'There's very little modelling or posturing.' Lou Reed

Edition: 20 numbered copies, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • 6. Hangin' Round image 1
  • 6. Hangin' Round image 2
  • 6. Hangin' Round image 3
  • 6. Hangin' Round image 4

The Artists

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'I like Mick and I like what he photographs, so shooting with him was never a problem. All of these moments would have been gone for ever if it wasn't for Mick.' Lou Reed

'I'm very happy that our relationship has weathered the slings and arrows and outrageous antics of the past 40 years.' Mick Rock
  • The Artists image 1
  • The Artists image 2

The Complete Collection

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The Transformer Complete Collection was presented in full, showcasing the six images chose by Mick and Lou as a complete set.

Series: 6 prints signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30") 
Method: Archival Giclée using K3 Lightfast inks
Paper: 100% Cotton Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 320gsm
Certificate: Numbered and signed by the publishers
Frame: Black hard wood with acid free mount and UV perspex
  • The Complete Collection image 1
  • The Complete Collection image 2
  • The Complete Collection image 3
  • The Complete Collection image 4
  • The Complete Collection image 5
  • The Complete Collection image 6

The Transformer Series

1. Goodnight Ladies

1. Goodnight Ladies

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
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Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
2. Transformer

2. Transformer

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
More
Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
3. Make Up

3. Make Up

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
More
Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
4. Wild Side

4. Wild Side

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
More
Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
5. New York

5. New York

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
More
Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
6. Hangin' 'Round

6. Hangin' 'Round

    • Edition:
      20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
    • Paper:
      100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
    • Extras:
      Framed in black hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
    More
    £1900
  • Edition:
    20 numbered prints, signed by Mick Rock with a Lou Reed Estate Stamp
  • Paper:
    100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
  • Extras:
    Each print is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity
  • Framed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
    Framed in hard wood with acid free mount and high protection UV perspex
  • Unframed:
    Dimensions: 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20" x 30")
More
Framed £1900
Unframed £1800
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