“These pix bring back so many memories. Derek is a nice lad and it’s nice to see these pix in print after all these years!”
Most Jam fans will be familiar with the iconic photographs from the Absolute Beginners cover, now there is a chance to see many pictures from that era in a forthcoming show in London. For details of Derek’s exhibition and to see a video “good luck” message from Bruce and Russell click here
The iconic pictures taken by Derek of The Jam that day in 1981 in Chiswick Park for the Absolute Beginners shoot have become Legendary among Jam fans throughout the world. Those pictures of Paul, Bruce and Rick would not look out of place in a Beatles book. Sharp blue suits, Weller in his psychadelic Lennon glasses and all three with confidence and attitude from being Britain’s number one band.
As a fourteen year old school boy studying every detail of the Absolute Beginners single cover the name Derek D’Souza conjured up the image of a top anglo Italian fashion photographer. Over thirty years later when our paths crossed for the first time I was delighted to discover there was no artistic attitude, but not only a great and very generous photographer but he was “one of us”. A Fan who it’s an honour I can call a friend
Having been very lucky to have seen Derek’s iconic unseen images over the years, its great that they will now be made available to a wider Jam audience
Derek’s defining photos capture both the time, and more importantly, the mood of The Jam. This exhibition is a must see for all Jam fans
Cracking photo’s Derek, good luck, Bruce