Born in 1946 in London, Gered Mankowitz left school at age 15 and found himself at the center of the swinging Sixties when he befriended legendary record producer Andrew Loog Oldham, who invited Mankowitz and his camera on tour with The Rolling Stones for nine weeks in the autumn of 1965. He remained the band’s official photographer until 1967, then going on to shoot three decades of music’s most iconic faces, including Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Slade, Suzi Quatro, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran, and many others. In 1982, his major exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery broke records with over 16,000 attendees before touring the UK for over two years.
Gered continued to shoot the next generation of ground-breaking musicians such as Oasis, Buena Vista Social Club, and The Verve. He has published 16 books of his work, including multiple collections of his Stones and Hendrix images. His work is sold in galleries around the world, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Tokyo.
In 2007, Gered moved to Cornwall and now spends most of his time working with his archive and on his own projects, as well as teaching at University College Falmouth. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary Fellowship to The Royal Photographic Society.