about gered mankowitz…

Gered Mankowitz was born in London, England, on 3rd August 1946.  

Having displayed a natural ‘eye’ for photography whilst on a school trip to Holland and having been inspired to take up photography by the actor Peter Sellers, his photographs were seen by the legendary photographer Tom Blau, who offered Gered an apprenticeship at his famous photo agency, Camera Press Ltd., in London.  Over a period of several months Gered worked in all the various departments that made up Camera Press, finally moving to the studio and going on various assignments in and around London.

In early 1965, Andrew Loog Oldham asked him to photograph the Rolling Stones, who he also managed and produced.  Through the 60’s, Gered continued in the music world working with Oldham at his famous Immediate label, and with many other major artists including Jimi Hendrix, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces and Soft Machine. In to the 70’s with Slade, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran and many others.

In November 1998 there was a second one-man exhibit at Govinda in Washington DC, and in December/January 1999 there was a show at Magidson Fine Arts in Madison Avenue, New York City. During this prestigious show the gallery was visited by Tommy Hilfiger who purchased prints of the entire show, becoming in one purchase, Gered’s single biggest collector in the United States. Subsequently Tommy has used many of Gered’s prints to decorate his flagship stores, as well as his personal offices in New York. 

In June of 2003 together with his partner David Costa, Gered launched a Jimi Hendrix limited edition Fender Stratocaster guitar that features one of Gered’s original photos of the great musician and was produced with the full participation of the Hendrix Estate and Fender Guitars.

In 2016 he was awarded the distiction of an honorary Fellowship to The Royal Photographic Society.