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"MELTDOWN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION"
2000-04-01 until 2000-04-24
Royal Festival Hall
UK United Kingdom
Music and portrait photographer Simon Leigh captured Nick Cave's Meltdown 99 festival on the South Bank, in a stunning
collection of portraits and live onstage shots over the summer of 1999. A selection of Leigh's pictures go on show in the Royal
Festival Hall, level two foyer from 1 - 24 April 2000. The amazing list of artists Leigh photographed includes Nick Cave, Nina
Simone, Sir Les Patterson, Harry Dean Stanton, the Bad Seeds, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, Sir Les Patterson and< Jarvis
Simon Leigh is the first photographer to be given full access to document the Meltdown festival which is now in its eighth year
and has grown to become the South Bank's highest-profile and biggest-selling festival. Every year Meltdown offers a celebrated
guest artistic director the chance to choose his or her fantasy festival.
Simon Leigh has been a freelance photographer since 1997, specialising in portraiture and music. His work has been widely
published in magazines from The Wire to Tatler and TANK. He is currently represented by Camera Press.
Simon Leigh says: As soon as I saw Nick Cave's proposed line-up of artists and performers for Meltdown 99 I knew I had to be
involved. I practically lived in the Festival Hall for the entire three weeks of Meltdown, but the results were well worth it.
Portraits in the exhibition include: Nick Cave, Sir Les Patterson, Billie Whitelaw, Jimmy Scott, Nina Simone, Harry Dean Stanton,
Jarvis Cocker, Andrei Samsonov, Warren Ellis, Charlemagne Palestine, Polly Borland and Conway Savage.
Live on stage photographs include: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lee Hazlewood, Bryan Ferry, Nina Simone, Jimmy Scott,
Kylie Minogue together with Sir Les Patterson and Rolf Harris, a group shot of all the artists on the final night, Blixa Bargeld, Dirty
Three, and the audience waving gladioli whilst watching Dame Edna Everidge.
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