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Iconic Music Photographs Go on Display

A collection of stunning photographs of Simple Minds, Orange Juice, Altered Images, The Associates and other music legends has gone on display at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery.

The original images are the highlights from the incredible career of Scottish photographer Harry Papadopoulos in an exhibition that is touring across Scotland and which visitors can enjoy in Clydebank until Saturday 26th October 2013.

Visitors will get a fascinating glimpse of an era in rock music when Scotland ruled the indie music scene. The collection includes a range of striking portraits of artists and live-action front-row shots between 1970 and 1980.

Harry, a self taught photographer from Helensburgh, began his photographic career in Glasgow, standing outside the Apollo, selling gig-goers newly-developed shots from the bands' previous gigs in Edinburgh. Harry's creative vision drew him to London and from 1979 to 1984 was a staff photographer for the music weekly magazine, Sounds, providing countless front covers. During his years in London, Harry photographed the cream of British music, including Blondie, David Bowie, the Associates, Bryan Ferry, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Birthday Party, The Cramps, The Clash, Altered Images, Penetration, The Specials, Suicide, Wham!, ABC and Spandau Ballet.

Respected and trusted in the pop world, Harry's London flat also became home to fellow Scots artists including Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Josef K and The Bluebells. Harry became one of the first few photographers to capture the fey arrogance of Edwyn Collins and his Postcard cohorts, and subsequently appeared in the Derek Jarman video for 'What Presence'. Several of these photos comprise Harry's first career retrospective at Street Level Photoworks.

The exhibition also hosts unique photos of Jimmy Somerville, Tom Robinson and Andy Bell as they marched for homosexual equality. Harry also managed to capture the softer side of Peter Capaldi, as the bow-tied front man of The Dreamboys.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Convener of Educational Services, said: "The Council is delighted to host this prestigious collection of photographs and I would encourage people to come along and see first-hand the outstanding collection of prints of one of the most famous pop photographers. I remember many of the bands and artists and it will be nice for parents to take their children along and show them the band they supported when they were younger."

Councillor John Mooney, Depute Convener of Educational Services, said: "This magnificent display of pictures is a very important piece of Scottish music history. We are delighted to host this exhibition which I'm sure will be visited and fully appreciated by music fans from West Dunbartonshire and beyond."

Visitors to the exhibition on the 12th October 2-3pm will also be given a guided tour of the exhibition by Ken McCluskey, co-curator of the work and former lead singer with The Bluebells.

Ken McCluskey said: "I am delighted to bring the exhibition to Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery which is an ideal location to display the truly outstanding work of this special man. The photographs really bring to life the characters and every picture tells a different story, spanning over 40 years. I am very passionate about the exhibition and I will never tire of sharing Harry's talent with the public and maybe also inspire some future music photographers in West Dunbartonshire."

Visitors can see the exhibition at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, Clydebank Town Hall until Saturday, 26 October from 10am to 4.30pm.

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Note to Editors:

1. Contact Moira Rodger, Press Officer, West Dunbartonshire Council, on tel: 01389 737225 or email: moira.rodger@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

2. West Dunbartonshire Council serves 91,000 residents and a lively business community in an area stretching from the banks of Loch Lomond to the shores of the Clyde. The region is one of great diversity and natural beauty, just half an hour from the heart of Glasgow, and includes the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and Alexandria. It has a rich past, shaped by its world-famous shipyards, and boasts many attractions, ranging from the rugged beauty of Dumbarton Rock to historic whisky warehouses. The Council has big ambitions to deliver first class services, grow the local economy, revitalise the region's town centres and waterfront, and provide a modern education service for future generations.

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