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Michael Cooper Exhibition In London

15 Sep 2003

As is documented in the highly-acclaimed Genesis edition, Blinds and Shutters, Michael Cooper counted as his closest friends the leading musicians (The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones), writers (Terry Southern, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg) and artists (Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, David Hockney) of the Sixties scene. Because Cooper was known, liked and totally accepted by the subjects of his photographs, he was in a unique position to record them all, usually with remarkable intimacy in a nonchalant style that is closer to reportage than to studio photography.

Copper's tragic suicide in 1973 marks in many ways the spiritual end of the sixties. In Keith Richards words Cooper was a '50's hipster who slipped through the 60's and couldn't stomach the 70s.' To David Bailey he was 'a man out of his time' and to his friend Christopher Gibbs 'a poet of the lens'. The photographs in this exhibition at London's Atlas Gallery form a loose almost filmic narrative of the entire decade.

* Individual prints from £800. Prints are also sold in limited editions of 25. Please contact the gallery for prices.
* Copies of Blinds and Shutters can be ordered at the gallery.
* The exhibition runs from September 18th - October 24th 2003. Entry Free. Mon-Fri: 10.00am to 6.00 pm / Sat: 11.00am to 5.00pm.
* Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London, W1U 7NF. Email: Tel +44 (0) 20 7224 4192.

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