Product Features

Lithographic Prints

All prints measure 50cm x 40cm (19.68″ x 15.75″). They are a standard ready frame size with frames available from suppliers including John Lewis, Ikea, Amazon etc.

All our prints are printed CMYK (four colour litho), even for black and white images, to give them greater depth. We print on a high-quality 300gsm silk art paper. A UV spot varnish is applied to the image area, significantly enhancing it.

Personally Signed

Every Blow Up Press print is hand-signed by the photographer.

Strictly Limited Editions

All Blow Up Press prints are limited editions of no more than 250 hand-numbered copies.

Certificate of Authenticity

Every print is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

Holographic Authenticity Protection

You need to know that your edition is 100% authentic. To protect your print, we apply a pair of uniquely numbered holograms, one on the back of your print and one on your certificate of authenticity.

 

The Photographers

John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins (1937-2015)

Graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins , embarked on a short-lived career as a reactor physicist. The gift of a camera soon changed his plans and Hoppy commenced his freelance photographic career with regular work from The Sunday Times, Observer, and Melody Maker, amongst other magazines. His love of jazz led him to capture iconic images of visiting greats, including John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. His photograph of Dexter Gordon, in particular, resonates with the rhythm and vibrancy of the great saxophonist.

Other commissions led him to the Alexandra Palace, where he captured The Rolling Stones as they began their career and to Teddington Studios, where the Beatles were appearing on television. Can there be a more iconic image of John Lennon than Hoppy’s photograph of him tuning his Rickenbacker, cigarette in hand?

Hoppy’s work is a compelling record of that extraordinary time. His photographs of the counterculture of London of the 1960s capture the spirit and energy that was to shake the world.

 

Phillipe Carly

From the late 1970s through to the early 1980s, Brussels was host to a thriving live music scene. This was documented by avid concert-goer, Phillipe Carly, who has built up an incredible archive of over 50,000 photographs, mostly of live acts.

His live images have an immediacy that conveys the power of live performance. This is a result of his philosophy of trying to capture events in a simple and direct way, avoiding embellishment.

Queen, Paul Weller and Iggy Pop are all famous for their kinetic live performances and in the images we feature in our prints, the energy jumps out.

 

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright’s big break in photography came in 1985, when he was asked to shoot The Smiths outside the Salford Lads’ Club. One of the images from the shoot is arguably the most iconic ever taken of the band and has been included in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

 

Ian Tilton

Ian Tilton moved to Manchester in the mid-1980s, just as the city was on the brink of its most exciting musical period. He shot all the leading artists of the era including The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and The Smiths. His image of Morrissey’s shirt being torn to shreds by the crowd at a gig was even chosen by The Smith’s frontman as the gatefold image on the band’s album, Rank.

His best known photograph is of Kurt Cobain in tears after a gig in 1990. This powerful image was voted as one of the ten best rock photographs of all time by Q magazine.