Philip Townsend(1940-2016), Photographer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 5 portraits
In 1963 Townsend began work in the music scene, taking the first official photographs of The Rolling Stones, thanks to his friendship with Andrew Loog Oldham. Later in the decade he photographed musicians including Gene Pitney, Johnny Ray, The Searchers, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Peter and Gordon (whom he briefly managed) and The Beatles first encounter with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in August 1966. Townsend's first book, Sorry You Missed the Sixties, was published in 2009.
by Philip Townsend
bromide print, 1963
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery