‘Hanging Out’ at Quay Arts showcases rare and unpublished images of icons of 70s music, film, and society, captured by photographer and writer Carinthia West. The images include such world-famous names as Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Neil Young, Anjelica Huston, Helen Mirren, and Carly Simon.
Through her early career as an actress and model, Carinthia West became part of the 70s celebrity scene. Ever armed with her beloved Canon camera, Carinthia captured intimate moments with her fellow friends, resulting in a fascinating personal archive of natural, un-posed images of ‘stars’ at play and rest.
Specially curated by Carinthia for Quay Arts, the show features more than 40 large-format photographs offering unguarded glimpses into the lives of the well-snapped.
Carinthia has a strong connection to the Isle of Wight, spending much of her childhood growing up here, and attended all 3 of the original and legendary IOW festivals. Her parents Mike and Christine West were instrumental in the founding of Quay Arts, making this exhibition a special kind of home coming.
Carinthia’s work has been exhibited at The San Francisco Art Exchange, LA’s KM Fine Arts, Soho Contemporary Gallery, New York City, London’s Library Space, the American Museum and Gardens in Bath, and Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight.
Carinthia has said:
“The aim of showing my photographs is to give a glimpse of how we lived then. I think of it as an affectionate archive of a more innocent time. It is intended to inspire the young photographer to look around at their world and capture that fleeting moment before life moves on as it always does.”
‘Hanging Out’ at Quay Arts, Saturday 14th May to Friday 8th July, 10:00 to 16:00 daily. Free entry. Preview evening on Friday 13th May, 18:00 to 20:00. Free Entry.
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