Bob Bonis (1932-1992) held an extraordinary position at a pivotal time in music history, serving as the tour manager for both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles on both bands’ first tours of America in 1964. His unequaled access to these two groups yielded an archive of almost 3,500 intimate, unguarded photographs that remained mostly unknown throughout his lifetime.
The Bob Bonis Archive was founded to honor his legacy and to make limited edition fine-art prints of his photographs available to fans and collectors. In an exclusive partnership with the GRAMMY Museum® at LA Live, each print is accompanied by their COA. His photographs comprise the main photographic element of the GRAMMY Museum’s traveling exhibition, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!
Since the founding of the archive Bob’s photographs have been included in The Rolling Stones official documentary Crossfire Hurricane, Keith Richards’ autobiography Life, the eponymously titled Taschen Sumo book, The Rolling Stones, that celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary, and many others. Most recently, his photographs were featured in the Ron Howard-directed Beatles documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, appearing on the theatrical movie poster and companion CD to the film, The Beatles - Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
A global traveling exhibition of his photographs is being planned to launch in 2017.