Music fans have one last chance to take in the spectacular ‘Oasis DNA’ exhibition at Manchester Central Library – which ends tomorrow (Wednesday 12 April).
Having run since November last year the exhibition has been thrilling visitors with a “Wonderwall” of iconic images of the local music legends – taken by internationally renowned photographer Jill Furmanovsky.
Jill Furmanovsky worked with Noel, Liam and the band from 1994 until their split in 2009 and personally selected highlights from her extensive archives for the free ‘Oasis – DNA’ exhibition.
The exhibition includes some of the most iconic portraits of the Gallagher brothers, early live images and candid behind-the-scenes photos – some of which have never previously been exhibited.
Jill said: “Central Library has a fantastic exhibition space and it’s great to be able to use part of the library as a gallery. Really, these images are just the tip of the iceberg, so I’m fortunate to have so much room to work with for this exhibition.”
It wasn’t always easy for Jill to get the mercurial Gallagher brothers to pose for the camera, but the resulting images went on to adorn the walls of Oasis fans worldwide.
“Noel and Liam were OK with being photographed, but they had short attention spans”, Jill said. “They didn’t want to hang around for hours, which suited me as a photo-journalist. I work quickly. Maybe that’s why they liked me.
“I look at some of the photos now and remember what moods they were really in – but somehow, I usually managed to persuade them to pose for me.
“I had the sense that Noel thought it was important to document everything that was going on at that time – it was all happening so incredibly fast.”
Jill, who has photographed a staggering who’s-who of music legends including Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley, started working with Oasis at the time of their debut album, Definitely Maybe – thinking that this would be her final assignment with a band.
“Oasis had been signed the year before”, Jill said. “At the time, I was putting together a book of my work, ‘The Moment’, which started with an image of Paul McCartney from his time with The Beatles. I wanted an up-and-coming group to bookend the collection and they seemed to fit.
“Once I’d photographed them, I thought that was the end of my rock-and-roll years. But then Noel asked me to go on tour with them – and I was still working with them years later.”
Jill dedicated her exhibition to Peggy Gallagher, Noel and Liam’s mum, “because she was such a source of strength for the band. That’s why it’s called ‘Oasis DNA’.
The free ‘Oasis – DNA’ exhibition at Manchester Central Library ends on Wednesday 12 April 2017.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure said: “While these iconic images of Oasis will no doubt live forever there’s only two days left to catch the exhibition at Central Library.
“The library’s dedicated exhibition space has been the perfect venue for this incredible retrospective of images of a Manchester group at a time when they were becoming one of the best-loved bands in the world.
“If there are any music fans yet to visit the exhibition be quick, there’s not much time left to catch this tribute to some of the city’s greatest rock ‘n roll stars.”
For more information about Jill Furmanovsky, go to www.rockarchive.com/photographers/jill-furmanovsky.