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09 July 2015 | By: Londonist

We Want More Explores Music Culture And Photography

Competition! Win tickets to the private view at The Photographers' Gallery on 16 July.

Katy Perry as Princess Mandee in Birthday, 2014 © Ryan Enn Hughes
Katy Perry as Princess Mandee in Birthday, 2014 © Ryan Enn Hughes
Erykah Badu from the series We Want More, 2008 © Daniel Cohen
Erykah Badu from the series We Want More, 2008 © Daniel Cohen
AnOther Double I, 2010, from the series Close Your Eyes, 2014 © Gareth McConnell
AnOther Double I, 2010, from the series Close Your Eyes, 2014 © Gareth McConnell
Gooi Rooi from the series Die Antwoord, 2013 © Roger Ballen
Gooi Rooi from the series Die Antwoord, 2013 © Roger Ballen

Photography's role in defining music culture is explored in We Want More, a new exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery. Straight celebrity shoots and live gig photos are no longer enough for an industry disrupted by digital technology where the "frameworks that created a distance between photographers, fans, stars and their labels have collapsed, allowing new ways for music photography to be produced, shared and consumed."

Curator, Diane Smythe, has brought together music videos created by photographers (for the likes of Arcade Fire and London Grammar) and high-concept shots of musicians including Lady Gaga and Katy Perry alongside zine-style tour shots of indie-rock band The Bots by Dan Wilton.

Daniel Cohen’s series of images shows singers and bands poised just before playing an encore, while Pep Bonet’s shots give a Lemmy's-eye view of the crowd from the stage, during Motörhead gigs. Other photos capture the euphoria of the mosh pit, ravers in Ibiza, UK Garage crowds, drummers lost in music during practice sessions and fans dressing up as their idols.

This exciting exhibition opens to the public on 17 July, but we've got five pairs of tickets to the private view in Soho on 16 July at 7pm to give away to lucky prize draw winners.

If you want to be among the first to see the show, enter your name and email address in the form below and hit submit. We’ll pick five names at random out of the virtual hat at 5pm on 13 July. If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll notify you by email.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Entrants must be over 18 and available on the evening of 16 July. Entry to the Private View is by invitation only.

We Want More: Image Making and Music in the 21st Century is at The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW from 17 July-20 September. Entry £3, members free.

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