Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946, the first son of the author and screen writer Wolf Mankowitz and the psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz.
He left school devoid of any academic qualifications aged 15 and served a short but intensive apprenticeship at Camera Press Ltd., having been inspired to pursue photography by the actor Peter Sellers.
Gered established his first studio in Mason’s Yard in 1963, in what was to become the very heart of 60s swinging London.
He met and photographed Marianne Faithfull in 1964, who was managed by the mercurial Andrew Loog Oldham, who also managed the Rolling Stones.
Gered started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965; he toured America with them and produced several album covers for the band. He continued working with them until 1967 by which time Gered was established as one of London’s leading music photographers.
Early in 1967 Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix & the Experience producing, during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio, images of Jimi that would go on to become some of the most iconic and widely known portraits of the great musician.
Over the past 50 plus years Gered has continued to work in the music business as well as contributing to many leading magazines and also taking prize winning images for the advertising industry.
Currently Gered has been concentrating on books and exhibitions as well as producing and selling prints in galleries all over the World.
In 2013 Gered published a retrospective book called GERED MANKOWITZ:50 YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY, and in 2016 a book about the Rolling Stones called BREAKING STONES with the great photographer Terry O’Neill.
Also, in 2016 Gered was awarded the distinction of a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
In 2017 he collaborated with his old friend the Royal artist Christian Furr to create an extraordinary collection of 45 new images called 45RPM - based on his archive photography Gered created new versions of old images which Christian then added to, using paint, pastel, ink, gilding and diamond dust to create a series of unique prints.
In 2019 he started work on the TV series ICON-MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS in collaboration with the director Dick Carruthers and fellow Executive Producer Andy Saunders – this 6-part series was broadcast in 2020 by SKY ARTS in the UK and will be released in America and elsewhere in 2021
A new book of his Rolling Stones images called GOIN’ HOME-THE ROLLING STONES 1966 was published by Reel Art Press in October 2020.
Also, in 2020 Gered published a very special limited-edition book of his photographs of Marianne Faithfull in conjunction with Ormond Yard Press.
He is based in Cornwall where he has also been a part-time lecturer at University College Falmouth.
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