Henley residents with a passion for the sixties have the chance to catch up with images created by Karl Ferris, a master of psychedelic photography who shot and created images for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Cream, while his work is on show for the month at the town’s Hypergallery.
Running until October 31, the show, which is called The Karl Ferris Psychedelic Experience, will feature some of the photographer’s most interesting album and singles covers plus a host of other incredible images from his archive, published in large scale format as signed, limited edition prints.
Karl’s work was last shown exactly one year ago at the exhibition Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, and the photographer is convinced that psychedelia is coming back into vogue.
“The resurgence of interest in the counter-culture that began in the 1960s, the benefits for our way of thinking, all these things that I was part of, has new relevance now,” he says. “Jimi loved my work and we really got on famously – we had both lived in Vancouver and swapped stories about living there.
“I told him if I was to do the cover for him then I would really need to absorb his music for inspiration. So he brought me along to the Olympic Studios where he was recording Axis Bold As Love, and I was blown away.
“The whole lifestyle seemed to change in the summer of 1966. People were experimenting with mind expanding drugs, and I was starting to respond to all of this.”
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