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Brampton Island, Australia, 1980   Help, Mexico City, 1980

Fans, Lolita, Canada, 1982   Starstruck, 1982 

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In the early 1980s, The Police toured the world with their own photographer who happened to be a member of the band. Andy Summers was better placed to record life as part of a successful working band than any attendant photographer. He also possessed a visual talent for composition and mood that allowed him to perfectly capture and articulate both the glamour and isolation of life on the road.

In the midst of all the excitement accompanying the band’s re-emergence, Andy Summers is exhibiting his photographic work in over seven cities worldwide. Presented in conjunction with Rockarchive.com, they were first shown in June and have enjoyed great success in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Toronto, New York City and now at Jill George Gallery in London.

An accompanying publication will be available from the gallery during the exhibition. Published by Taschen and containing over 600 images filled with diary-style entries, I’ll Be Watching You is a sumptuous volume that evokes the musical energy, atmosphere and hazy dislocation of a phenomenally successful touring band of that time.

Andy Summers lives in Santa Monica, California. He sees his work as being in the tradition of the great photojournalists and complementary to his successful and acclaimed solo career with contemporary instrumental music that, like his work with Sting and Stewart Copeland, draws on his love of jazz, world and classical music as well as his fascination with creating sonic textures. His post-Police years have produced more than two dozen solo albums, soundtracks and collaborations, plus hundreds of international concerts, and induction to both the Guitar Player Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Summer’s passion for photography has led him to document subjects ranging from rural communities throughout South East Asia to timeless noir-style street scenes in cities throughout the world. His photographs have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris and London and his books include Throb (1983), the Ralph Gibson collaboration Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar (2004), and the memoir One Train Later (2006).

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