04 November 2015
Capital Exposure Week is truly underway and, last night, members were treated to an evening of glitter and glamour with award-winning theatrical photographer Frazer Ashford ARPS.
After starting out as a photographer with the then Department of Work and Pensions, Frazer blagged a photo pass for a concert that would change his life, One image from that concert made the cover of Melody Maker, and so it was farewell to the Civil Service and hello to the star-studded world of theatre. Although he worked all over the UK and USA, some of his favourite images were taken at his ‘home venue’ – Fairfield in Croydon.
Frazer now has a permanent exhibition at the Fairfield Arts Centre entitled Fairfield Faces - Through the Decades. The display features 50 images of performers who have appeared at Fairfield since 1972 and are a mixture of back-stage portraits and action shots. As part of our Capital Exposure Week, we were invited to meet Frazer for an entertaining tour through the decades, as he introduced us to a star-studded cast that included Elton John, Rod Stewart, Showaddywaddy, Cilla Black, David Bowie, Ken Dodd, The Osmonds, Rod Hull (and Emu), Dana, Roy Castle, Cliff Richard and (pictured) Larry Grayson
And we had an unexpected bonus ... from the exhibition space, we could hear the rehearsals for last night’s concert: Tony Christie might not be able to find his way to Amarillo, but he managed to find his way to Croydon ...
There are no major CEW events tonight, as we’re all off to Anderson & Low at the Photographers’ Gallery, but we’re back tomorrow for the Urbanicity book launch.