Well, it really was.
When photographer Derek D’Souza decided to send photos he had taken of The Jam to Paul Weller, little did he suspect the chain of events about to unfold: a missed phone call from Paul’s mum, trips to Woking and eventually being picked as one of the photographers the band chose to use from 1981-2.
Next, fate put Derek together with art curator Alan Patterson (also an avid Jam fan) and Tapestry Group, a design agency that both Derek and Alan knew from the past. Tapestry are situated in the heart of London’s Soho – their location, history of hosting gallery nights for photographers, and their shared love of The Jam made them the ideal choice to showcase the event.
The recent exhibition contained Derek’s unseen photos of the band, shot on his 35mm film camera. Invited to be the photographer for the Absolute Beginners Single Sleeve Photo Session in London’s Chiswick Park on 31st August 1981, Derek caught the band at the height of their fame. (Interestingly, the location was the same park in which the Beatles shot Paperback Writer and Rain).
There really is something special about this collection of images and this was the first time they have been shown to the public in over 30 years.