Rock City Art gallery is exhibiting a fantastic collection of Stone Roses photographs captured by award winning photographer Ian Tilton.
‘What The World Is Waiting For’Â brings together Tilton’s collection of images charting the rise of The Stone Roses fromÂ obscurity in 1987 to worldwide cult status 1990.Â Based in Manchester, Ian Tilton began his career in the eighties, shooting iconic bands around the world such as Guns N Roses, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, U2 and The Cure.
Tiltonâ€™s shot of Nirvanaâ€™s exhausted and tearful Kurt Cobain was hailed by Q Magazine as one of the 6 best rock photographs of all time – while his photo of the Stone Roses front man Ian Brown with an orange in his mouth has gone down in rock n roll photographic legend. The photography of Tilton also featured on the interior sleeve of the Roses’ debut album. HeÂ successfullyÂ captured the raw energy and allure of the young band when they played live on theÂ Other SideÂ of Midnight TV show.
Ian Tilton and The Stone Roses lived in the same area of Manchester. â€œWe bonded on our first shoot together as none of us wanted to create something boring. We held a mutual appreciation of creating something conceptually different.â€ Ian Tilton
He says: â€œTheyâ€™d been working at it for years when I first came into contact with them in 1985, then I photographed them in 1987, they came to my studio in Chorlton, and I realised at last theyâ€™ve got something good.â€
If you can’t make theÂ exhibition, the RCA website also has a great selection of the images online. Exhibition posters, prints signed by Tilton and a book based on theÂ exhibitionÂ are all available to buy.
TheÂ exhibitionÂ runs from June 1st until June 22nd and entry is free. See the Rock City Art website for fullÂ details.