Southgate born singer songwriter Amy Winehouse first appeared in the limelight in 2003 with the release of jazz influenced album entitled ‘Frank’ with the title being a tribute tosinger and performer Frank Sinatra who seemed to represent an influence in Amy Winehouse’s musical landscape. The album was acclaimed, ‘Stronger than me’ is the first single taken from her debut material. Amy’s first LP saw her holdingher first nomination at the British music celebration event The Brit Awards. The singer was 20 at the time.
Before Frank is a photography project which aims at publishing a book containing a series of unseen photographs of the singer who was at the time aged 19. The project has been funded through a seemingly successful kickstarter campaign which is still going at the moment and which unable individuals to contribute to bringing the book to life. Irish photographer Charles Moriarty met the singer through one of Amy Winehouse’s close friends and is the man behind the cover of the singer’s debut album ‘Frank’. Before Frank is a series of photographs the singer and photographer captured on a day they spent together and which seems to portray a smiley, dressed up, 60s influenced and fresh faced Amy Winehouse prior to her rise to fame. The photographer describes the day as being a content moment they share: Amy picked up a guitar, they borrowed 2 dogs and started taking photographs on Princess Street in East London Bricklane.
Charles Moriarty, a fine art photographer working in fashion, portraiture and documentary. The artist was approached for the photographs of the singer he has held since then when the singer passed away, however he wanted to release the unseen pictures to the public when the time seemed right for him as he describes the photographs he took as an intimate moment they both shared together. Some of the images may be found at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the book which is set for release in the summer aims at delivering a total of 50 to 60 portraits of the British singer songwriter.
Before Frank seems to be focusing on more content times in the life of the singer which success following the release of her second which would end up being her last album ‘Back to Black’ appear to represent the singer leading a different lifestyle. ‘Back to Black’ was released in 2006 when the singer songwriter was aged 23. The Single ‘Rehab’ entered the number one position in the UK charts and saw the singer rising to fame in short amount of time. Another single taken from the album includes a song of the same name ‘Back to Black’. She headlined many festivals worldwide including Glastonbury or Coachella and started touring all over the globe which validated the success she obtained upon the release of this LP. Her looks changed, the music seemed to be more 60s Motown and girl groups inspired and she seemed to represent a musical talent to many. The singer passed away in July 2011, her passing was caused by an over consumption of alcohol. Tributes were shared by admirers of the artist and various projects following her passing came to life: books were published, a posthumous album entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released and more recently a film entitled Amy directed by AsifKapadiaand which depicted the life of the singer came to life last year and received an Oscar nomination.
Irish photographer Charles Moriarty explained the release of this collection of unseen photographs as being an aim for him to make individuals remember Winehouse the way he remembers her. To make a contribution to Moriarty’s project through the kickstater campaign and listen to him discuss the Before Frank project, click here:
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