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GALLERY: Rowan Bulmer
Valerie Siebert , January 30th, 2015 15:44

In 2012, Tahita Bulmer of NYPC discovered masses of contact sheets of her father Rowan's photographs of the big names of Swinging London: Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John and more among them. Here, Rowan talks Val Siebert through ten of our favourites. Photographs courtesy of Rowan Bulmer


Jimi Hendrix
The ones of Jimi Hendrix were taken at the Speakeasy because he went down there most nights if he was in London to play. So I got to know him. And he wasn't too keen on photographers, but we got on quite well and he would just say, 'Oh go on take a picture of me' or something, so I'd just take a snap of him. You can tell it's the Speakeasy because of the gangster imagery. You went downstairs into a funeral parlour. There was a coffin there, and men dressed up in top hats. And if they knew you then they opened the cupboard for you.