Picture credits: John Hendy
The images, which show the King’s Road in Chelsea at the height of the swinging sixties, were captured by John Hendy, a keen photographer from the 1950s until his death in 2008.
Bosses at Proud Galleries spotted the pictures after Hendy’s son, Simon, scanned 850 rolls of his father’s b&w films and uploaded the archive onto the internet.
‘Once or twice a year from 1967 to the mid-1970s he travelled down from Northampton and took photos of people in the street,’ Simon told Amateur Photographer (AP).
Four of John Hendy’s images have gone on display at Proud Chelsea as part of a retrospective exhibition focused around the sixties fashion designer Ossie Clark.
The show, entitled Ossie Clark: King of the King’s Road Reigns Again, features the work of photographers such as Norman Parkinson.
‘He would have been stunned to see his pictures alongside someone like that,’ added Simon who said the photos have gone on sale as limited-edition prints.
A spokesperson for Proud said: ‘We included John Hendy’s photographs in the exhibition because we wanted to give context to the Ossie Clark exhibition and we felt Hendy’s shots perfectly capture the spirit of the King’s Road in the 1960s.
‘To understand the significance of Ossie, it is important to look back at the people he was surrounded by and the area in which he worked.’
Ossie Clark: King of the King’s Road Reigns Again runs at Proud Chelsea until 10 March.
The gallery is located at 161 King’s Road, London SW3 5XP.
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John Hendy’s archive also features 650 rolls of colour negatives and 11,000 slides.