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New photography exhibit focused on The Jam to open in London this summer

11 May 2015, 13:54 | Written by Laurence Day

A new exhibition titled Golden Faces, showcasing photographer Martyn Goddard's images of The Jam from between 1977-1980, is set to go on display this summer.

Goddard provided the picture for their debut LP In The City, and worked with them over many years to create various promotional materials and their single/album sleeves.

The exhibition will feature many shots from Goddard's archives, and feature both easily-recognised and previously-unseen images from throughout some of the most vital periods of the band's career. The images going on display will feature both informal behind-the-scenes snaps and portraits of the band. This will be the first time that the images will be on display as part of an exhibition, although a selection will also feature in Somerset House's summer event The Jam: About The Young Idea, as well as in a new book about the band titled Growing Up... With The Jam.

Speaking about the cover shot for In The City, Goddard said:

"I had a phone call from Bill Smith, one of the art directors at Polydor Records, in late February 1977. He had to produce an LP cover for a new band, which he was excited about, but as usual it was an urgent assignment as the record company wanted to release the album in May. The band was named The Jam, a three-piece outfit comprising of Bruce Foxton, Rick Buckler and Paul Weller who to quote Bill 'is a bloke with definite ideas about the group’s image'. At this point I hadn’t met any member of the band or seen a photograph. Bill’s concept for the cover was to photograph the group in an urban location featuring a wall of white tiles with graffiti sprayed logo, as the album title was ‘In The City’. I thought of all the problems a location shoot would incur - because of the need to spray paint on a wall and the permissions and permits that would be required. The shoot would also take time, as we needed to produce front, back and inner sleeve images. We decided to shoot in my studio in Kensington Church Street using a couple of 8 x 4 foot flats, tiled in four inch white crystal tiles. I can’t remember whether it was budget or time constraints, but Bill and I tiled the flats in the morning of the session, and it was Bill who took the black spray paint and in one attempt produced the iconic logo on the white ceramic tiles as the glue was setting..."

Goddard worked with a range of musicians in the '80s, including The Cure, Ian Dury and Blondie.

The Jam's Paul Weller is set to play Glastonbury festival this year, acting as special guest to Sunday night headliners The Who.

The free exhibition will take place at London's Snap Galleries between 1 July - 8 August.

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