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Neil Young Photographs by Joel Bernstein


Neil Young Photographs by Joel Bernstein What a treat to be able to announce Joel Bernstein's first UK exhibition of work from his Neil Young archives. This exhibition kicks off on Thursday 4 October at 11.00am at our gallery, in central London, and images from the exhibition are available to purchase now. They are available in a range of physical sizes to suit your wall space. This is the first time that Neil Young has been the subject of one of our gallery exhibits, and I am quite embarrassed that it has taken me this long! Well, we're making up for the delay with this exquisite body of work from Joel Bernstein. We have deliberately kept the selection small and intimate, because less is more, and we wanted to concentrate on some absolute key pieces from Joel's incredible archive. Visitors to the gallery will of course get to hear some classic Neil Young tracks while they view the photographs. I have to also tell you that Joel's physical prints are absolutely exquisite, and the images online don't do them justice in the flesh. Come and see for yourself.  Joel’s relationship with Neil Young extends way beyond that of photographer and subject. Joel is Neil Young’s archivist, and was instrumental in the research and production of the acclaimed Neil Young Archives box set. He estimates that he has made at least 10,000 photographs of Young since 1970. He also believes that he has spent  “19 ½ years – and one day” in archiving Neil Young’s recorded output. Completely coincidentally, the exhibition, which runs from 4 October to 10 November 2012, coincides with the release of Neil Young’s long awaited autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, which is published in the UK on 4 October 2012, and which features a number of Joel's photographs.

All photographs ©Joel Bernstein. Used by permission. Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


Just eighteen at the time, and for his first album cover commission, Joel made the heavily solarised portrait of Neil Young, with a mysterious old lady passing him, that appeared on the front cover of After The Gold Rush (1970), and his images have appeared on subsequent Neil Young albums including Harvest (1972) and Time Fades Away (1973) among others. You'll be familiar with many images, I'm sure. The photograph on the brochure cover is a particular favourite of mine. It was taken at Neil Young's home near Woodside, California, in September 1971. It has a magical quality. Don't just take my word for it though: it was chosen for the permanent collection of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Other personal favourites include: • • • •

the back cover shot from Harvest of Neil Young and the Stray Gators, Neil in his 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Neil in a limo with a Gretsch White Falcon ( which would look amazing in a 30x40 inch paper size), and the original full frame version of the After the Gold Rush cover shot, with Graham Nash appearing on the right of the frame, with Neil and the old lady. This makes a nice contrast with the solarized album cover shot, and the two work well as a pair together. Interestingly, the old lady appearing on the cover shot was no accident. Here's Joel on how the old woman came to be in the frame: "The photo was not "a mistake." I saw the small, old woman coming towards us down the sidewalk, was intrigued, and wanted to catch her passing Neil. The mistake, to me, was that I had in my haste focused the lens just past the two figures, closer to the fence than to Neil's face. That was the original reason why I made a small-sized print and solarized it; to help with the apparent sharpness. But the solarization in this case added a somewhat spooky dimension to the image, which Neil took to immediately."

There's plenty more - take a look yourself. You can view images online here with price and size info. Hit the fullscreen button when you get to the individual images, and you'll be able to visualize them framed and on your wall, which is just where they should be. Enjoy! Guy White, Gallery Director Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


1. Neil Young & The Stray Gators. Recording in barn at Broken Arrow Ranch, near Woodside, CA, September 1971. l-r: Kenny Buttrey, Tim Drummond, Ben Keith, Jack Nitzsche, Neil Young. Neil Young chose a cropped version of this for the back cover of the Harvest LP

Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


2. Audience after a Neil Young concert, The Spectrum, Philadelphia. Neil Young chose a cropped and faded version for the Time Fades Away album cover.


Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


3. Neil Young. Backstage at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia February 1970. Used on a Reprise Records artist poster, 1970.

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Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


4. Neil Young. At home, near Woodside, California, September 1971.

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5. Neil Young & Susan Young. Backstage at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia February 1970. Neil Young chose this for the gatefold of the After The Gold Rush album.

Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


6. Neil Young. In his 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Sunset Marquis Hotel, Hollywood, September 1973

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Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


7. Neil Young. At home with piano, near Woodside, California, September 1971.

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8. Neil Young. In limo with Gretsch White Falcon New York City, June 1970


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9. Neil Young & Graham Nash. Passing an old woman at 3rd & Sulllivan, New York City, June 1970 (Original, full frame version of photo chosen for the After The Gold Rush album cover) Published in Taking Aim (Chronicle, 2010)

Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


10. Neil Young. Passing an old woman at 3rd & Sullivan, New York City, June 1970. After The Gold Rush album cover (solarized). Neil Young chose this for the front cover image of the After The Gold Rush album. NOTE: Because of the nature of the solarization process, each print is unique, and small variations from print to print will occur.

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11.Neil Young. Rehearsing backstage at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, June, 1970. Neil Young chose this for the front cover of his Greatest Hits album & for the deluxe 4LP box of reissues of his first four albums.

Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH 0207 493 1152 info@snapgalleries.com www.snapgalleries.com


12. Neil Young. Reflected in a doorknob on his front door, Broken Arrow Ranch, September 1971. Neil Young chose this for the gatefold of the Harvest album.


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13. Neil Young. Typing inside "Pearl", his old Cadillac, in Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Aug 1974.

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14. Neil Young. Working on his guitar sound, Bayfront Center Arena, St. Petersburg, FL, February 1973

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15. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Rehearsing for tour. Broken Arrow ranch, near Woodside, CA, June 1974

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16. Neil Young. New York City June 1970

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17. Neil Young. Backstage at The Boarding House, San Francisco, May 1978. Featured in Rolling Stone magazine interview by Cameron Crowe, 1978


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18. Neil Young. At home with window, near Woodside, California, September 1971. Chosen for the permanent collection of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

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Neil Young: photographs by Joel Bernstein  

A catalogue for the exhibition of Neil Young photographs by Joel Bernstein held at Snap Galleries, London in September 2012

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