It’s hard to believe that last Friday 23 July marked 10 years since the tragic death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.
At just 27, Amy passed away after a very public battle with drugs and alcohol, but her music and talent still resonates with fans all over the world and no more so than in London. Amy, a proud North London girl, is still very much a part of the capital’s rich music culture, with tributes being laid outside her home a decade after her death to the celebrated statue of her that resides in her beloved Camden.
Today also sees a new exhibition open at Knightsbridge’s Brownsword Hepworth Gallery, with never-before-seen images of the star. Amy in the Light is the work of photographer and long-time friend of the singer Phil Griffin, who has created reimagined photos of her from 2006, a time when the two creatively collaborated on her multi-award winning record Back To Black.
The results are stunning. A cosmic, ethereal look at Amy, whose image has been created into glowing, intimate portraits, some in bold, almost neon light-esque colours, some on black and white.
The images find that perfect balance of strength and vulnerability that Amy so famously had. She was an absolute musical powerhouse, had a voice that could make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but she was also a deeply troubled young woman dealing with addiction and the perils that come with fame.
This is the second show at the Brownsword Hepworth Gallery for Phil Griffin. In 2018 the photographer’s debut show ICONS opened there, showing a curated selection of his intimate and evocative portraits of Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Peter Doherty Bryan Ferry, Amy herself and others.
While we were once so accustomed to seeing tragic images of Amy in the tabloids, Amy In The Light shows the singer exactly how she should be remembered.
Amy In The Light by Phil Griffin will open on Monday 26th July until 14th September 2021 at the Brownsword Hepworth Gallery. Entry is free.
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