Around the World in 80 Years

For his 80th birthday, Bill Wyman exhibits his photographs from his time as a bassist for the Rolling Stones

An exhibition collects photographs by former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Around the World in 80 Years honours the British musician’s 80th birthday and time in the world’s best-known rock’n’roll bands.

Wyman was given his first camera when he was young. His fascination with photography grew because it “captured historical moments for me to look back on”. A key approach of his was to photograph people without their knowledge. “I prefer to keep of the way,” said Wyman, “and capture candid photographs that are un-staged and natural.”

Wyman first met Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones at the Wetherby Arms on the King’s Road in December 1962. He was warmly welcomed into the Rolling Stones.

During his time with the group, Wyman photographed the band up close. They soon became accustomed to him constantly photographing them. His shots thus naturally document the private moments in their lives – be it in the recording studio, barefoot during rehearsals or spending time with family and friends.