These books are just a few of a collection from the library of Philip Townsend, the famous late sixties photographer.
Philip Townsend worked as a photographer in the swinging sixties and his collection of images, which we are also selling, captured the essence of the period, when everything in society seemed to be changing and the upper classes mixed freely with with the newly liberated emerging elite of actors, musicians and designers.
Known as “Mr Sixties” he photographed mainly in Black and White and his subjects included a great many of the day’s top models and celebrities such as Frankie Howerd, Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Jimmy Page, Harold Wilson as well as iconic sixties subjects such as Biba and Carnaby Street.
However, Philip Townsends best known images were of The Rolling Stones. He gained access to the group due to his friendship, stretching back to his teenage years, of Andrew Loog Oldham, their first producer. In 1962, when Philip was working as a freelance photographer in the South of France, Andrew Loog Oldham declared to Philip that he’d be manager of the worlds greatest Rock and Roll band. He achieved his aim and declared to Philip that his band were The Rolling Stones. Philip then first photographed The Stones in 1963, in probably his most famous shoot and he kept their spirits up with chicken and beer! This was the first of a series of shoots with The Stones.
He also photographed The Beatles, famously when they met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London in 1967.
Philips work is held in the V & A – Fashion in the 60’s Display London and the National Portrait Gallery where it was included in the “Beatles to Bowie” exhibition in 2010.
Penny, his wife died in 2015 and Philip passed away earlier this year in 2016.
During his lifetime he accumulated a library or beautiful books about the subjects he cared so passionately about – photography obviously and also design and music.
Most of the books are in excellent condition and and some have a Philip Townsend label attached which reads “This book belongs to Penny and Philip Townsend” with the inscription “small pebbles turn into the fruit of knowledge” written around the artwork.