Gibson Guitar has announced that Gibson Through the Lens, a world-class photographic exhibition featuring 60 vintage and rare photographs will be open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday, November 7, 2011 through to January 31, 2012.

For the exhibition, Gibson Guitar has collaborated with 30 of the world’s most respected rock photographers including Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, David Redfern and the late Jim Marshall. Curated by music photography archivist Dave Brolan, this is a truly unique public exhibition of iconic and rare photographs coming to London following highly successful exhibitions in Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Los Angeles.

The exhibition consists of 60 prints signed by the photographer featuring a who’s who of rock royalty and undisputed guitar heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Angus Young, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Les Paul, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Wes Montgomery, Sir Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Slash, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Lenny Kravitz, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack White, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher.

 “Gibson Through the Lens offers music fans around the world the opportunity to witness an exhibition of iconic pictures that symbolize and represent the heart and soul of Gibson Guitar through the ages,” said Henry Juszkiewicz Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “These images are evidence of the deep rooted history, high regard and quality of Gibson guitars played by the world’s leading artists. I am proud to be staging this exhibition in London for guitar, photography and music fans around the world.”

During the exhibition period, The British Music Experience will host exclusive master classes with some of the participating Gibson Through the Lens photographers. The first will be Baron Wolman on Thursday November 10 to mark the exhibitions official launch. Baron is famed for his Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger photographs and will be signing copies of his new book, The Rolling Stone Years, published by Omnibus Press.

The British Music Experience is London’s newest and most interactive museum dedicated to British music, past, present and future. Visitors to the British Music Experience have the opportunity to play guitars and drums in the Gibson Interactive Studio or see Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Union Jack guitar and Marc Bolan's legendary Gibson Flying V guitar in the flesh.

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Photo Credits:

McCartney by Chris floyd

Bolan, Wilburys, Bon Jovi by Neal Preston

Schenker & Rhodes by Ross Halfin

Hendrix by Baron Wolman