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Jazz photo auction – David Redfern 60’s classics

January 10, 2012

If you’re reading this you probably know David Redfern, or at least his work. He must be the best UK based music photographer around. He was working in the ’60s, and still is – I bumped into him at the London Jazz Festival waiting to get his press pass…

His archive is astonishing, so astonishing it now belongs to GettyImages. He did keep some prints, though, and recently donated a large collection to Amnesty’s Bristol bookshop on the Gloucester Road.

Many are too valuable to sell from the shop, and these are now being auctioned, on January 24th. There’s a lot of rock and pop, but some jazz too. I’ve seen them, and the quality is remarkable. I now own a fine print of this one, which will be adorning the living room as soon as it gets framed properly…

Details in the press release below.

Books for Amnesty Bristol


Important collection of music photographs to be sold at Dreweatt’s Clifton auction room on 24th January 2012 on behalf of Amnesty International.


One of the most important photographers of jazz, blues and rock musicians over the past five decades, David Redfern (a long-time supporter of Amnesty) recently made a most generous donation of photographs and posters to the Bristol branch of Books for Amnesty. Most of the photographs are from his archive of pictures taken since the early ‘60s, many of which are signed by him, but the collection also includes several iconic images, amongst which is the famous shot of Mick Jagger wearing that ‘white dress’ costume at the now legendary 1969 Hyde Park concert, the first Pink Floyd line-up (with Syd Barrett), rare photos of David Bowie and an unusual picture of Count Basie lighting Princess Margaret’s cigarette. There is also a poster of the Bob Dylan photo shot for his Nashville Skyline album by American photographer Elliott Landy, which is signed and dedicated to David by Landy.

Numbering approximately 30 lots, with estimates ranging from £40-150 a lot,

the collection also contains early photos of  Michael Jackson; r & b singer Ray Charles; Chuck Berry; Johnny Cash; Gram Parsons; jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims and pop legend Dusty Springfield, as well as three very collectable New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival limited edition posters (framed and glazed) for the years 1983, ’87 and ’92.

Colin Richardson from Books for Amnesty Bristol, who knew David back in the ‘60s, said: “As the bookshop runs entirely on donations, it was particularly exciting to receive such a magnanimous one from David. This is a rare opportunity to buy some very sought after photographs by one of the most important music photographers of our time. We are hopeful that most, if not all, of the lots will sell, as the estimates are a fraction of their true value.”

The auction takes place at 10.30 am on Tuesday, January 24th at the Apsley Rd., Clifton saleroom room. Viewing days are Saturday 21st, Monday 23rd and the morning of the sale.

All proceeds from the donated lots will go to the human rights organisation, Amnesty International UK.



Notes to the Editor

For more information about this story, please contact Colin Richardson on 0117 977 0122

For more information about theauction room please visit

For more information about David Redfern, please see:

For more information on Books for Amnesty Bristol, please visit


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