Jill Furmanovsky – Oasis – on show at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards
Crisp, defining, monochrome images of rock stars are, like Carver-esque short stories, something that everyone thinks they could do. After all, it’s just simple shots of cool people being cool, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Well, no, as the work of so many folk down the years proves. Thankfully, now at the Lucy Bell Gallery, we have the splendid work of Jill Furmanovsky to show us how it’s done.
The names are huge. Here Dylan, there Freddie, in the distance Oasis and Winehouse. The settings are mundane but our players stand out from them – whether that’s by focus or through blocking. Oasis in a backstreet have the arrogance that can only come from being young men about to take over the world. It’s a brilliant picture, one of many striking examples in this well put together show.