Tom Sheehan, ‘The Smiths, February 1984’, 2013, ICA London: Benefit Auction 2018

Comes framed. Frame specifications: Spray black oak with UV museum glass. 1 1/4 deep x 5/8 in. face. Framed by John Jones - premium quality Musem-standard framers based in London. Print in perfect condition. Frame may show signs of age related wear. Music photographer Tom Sheehan is known for creating many of the most iconic images of figures such as James Morrisey, Mick Jagger, Tom Waits – to name a few – as well as bands such as The Smiths, seen here in this edition. Sheehan was born in Camberwell, South London, his vocation decided the day he first saw a picture of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in a music magazine at Loughborough Junction rail station whilst on his way to a school football match. After working in-house for CBS Records he turned freelance in 1978, becoming chief photographer on the Melody Maker where his work appeared for the next two decades during the height of its weekly circulation. He was the man at the scene when Ozzy Osbourne famously urinated at the Alamo and his images have since featured in the world's most esteemed newspapers and music review magazines. This special limited edition photograph was produced to accompany Smithsfest: The Enduring Cultural Significance of The Smiths, which was part of a programme of festivals held at the ICA in 2013 exploring the work of influential musical artists. The Smiths, February 1984 is a hand printed edition taken from the original negative - one of the best known images of the band taken backstage prior to The Smiths’ gig at Reading University in February 1984. It's production was the first time this print has been made available as an individual limited edition.

Signature: Signed and numbered

Image rights: Courtesy of ICA and Tom Sheehan

Publisher: ICA and Tom Sheehan