Despite the sheer, iconic magnitude of their discography, Beggars Banquet remains one the Rolling Stones’ most significant musical releases.
Marking the band’s return to their country and blues rock beginnings – and their final recording before Brian Jones’s untimely passing – the 1968 album carries with it a strange and hazy mythology, strengthened only by its infamous accompanying photoshoot.
Now, at Proud Galleries, Chelsea, Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph, a new show is bringing the notorious shoot back to life. Showing from July 6 – July 30, Joseph’s series sit together as one, individual exhibition; it’s high art meets rock and roll – and almost half a century later, they combination has never looked better.
Shot on location at both Hampstead’s Sarum Chase and the ruins of Swarkestone’s barren Derbyshire manor house, South African artist Michael Joseph captured the other-worldly grandeur of a band at their peak of their enigmatic thrill. Decorating the record’s cover and sleeve, the series of celebrated snaps still provide some of the most thrillingly recognisable photos of the stones. I mean look at them, the handsome, ghoulish scamps.
Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph runs at Proud Chelsea from July 6 – July 30. Find more information here and take a look at some of the images below.
Michael Joseph, ‘SBB The Banquet’, 1968, Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph, © Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph, ‘Smokey Stones On Grass’, 1968 Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph, © Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph, ‘Keith & Pug’, 1968 Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph, © Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph, ‘Stones and Cows’, 1968, Beggars Banquet: Photos By Michael Joseph’, © Michael Joseph
Words by Niall Flynn