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THM/385 - David Gahr Collection of Photographs

David Gahr Collection of Photographs

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385
Dates of Creationc.1960s-1970s
Name of CreatorDavid Gahr
Language of Material English
Physical Description 42 items (photographs)

Scope and Content

This collection showcases some of his earlier work capturing folk music festivals and street musicians in America and England, including the concert at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, when Dylan went 'electric'.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Gahr (b. September 18, 1922, d. May 25, 2008) was a pre-eminent photographer of folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians from the 1960s onwards. His output included posed photography and reportorial documents.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance's reading room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The reading room is open Tuesday to Friday's between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm, access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Additionally access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archive material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the search room using non-flash photography.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to 1960s music festivals may be found in several collections, including the biographical and photograph files.

Please ask for details.

Personal Names

Dylan, Bob. ( 1941-)
Parker, Chet
Hurt, Mississippi John. ( 1894-1966)
Fariña, Mimi
Lloyd, A. L. (Albert Lancaster). ( 1908-1982)
Gorman, Michael. ( 1895-1970)
Barry, Margaret. ( 1917-1989)
Walters, Annie
Nicolle, Arthur
Taj Mahal, (musician)
Seeger, Pete. ( 1919-)
McLean, Don. ( 1945)
Feldthouse, Solomon
Peel, David
McGhee, Stick. ( 1918-1961)
Grossman, Albert
Bromberg, David. ( 1945-)
Umanov, Matt
Gahr, David. ( 1922-2008)

Corporate Names

Rolling Stones
Ishangi Dance Troupe

Cataloguing Info

TitleDavid Gahr Collection of Photographs
CreationCreated by Kristian Volsing using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2010-11-19

Buskers, London, UK

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/1
Dates of Creation1968-1969
Physical Description 1 file (3 items)

Scope and Content

This file contains 3 photographs of buskers in London, including Dave Brock, guitarist with Hawkwind.


Music Festivals

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2
Dates of Creation1965-1969

Scope and Content

This series contains photographs taken by David Gahr at festivals in London and the US.


Rolling Stones Concert, Hyde Park, London, UK

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/1
Dates of Creation1969
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains two photographs of audience members at the concert playing guitars


Newport Folk Festival, Rhode Island, USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 folder

Chet Parker

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/1
Dates of CreationJuly 24 1964

Scope and Content

One photo of his performance


Mississippi John Hurt

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/2
Dates of CreationJuly 24 1965

Scope and Content

One photo of his performance


Bob Dylan

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/3
Dates of CreationJuly 25 1965
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of his performance at the festival


Ishangi Dance Troupe

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/4
Dates of Creation25 July 1965
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of their performance


Mimi Farina

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/5
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Mimi Fariña and a daughter of Eric Von Schmidt


A.L. Lloyd, Michael Gorman, Margaret Barry, Annie Walters and Arthur Nicolle

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/6
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of A.L. Lloyd, Michael Gorman, Margaret Barry, Annie Walters and Arthur Nicolle at the festival


Taj Mahal

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/2/7
Dates of Creation1968
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Taj Mahal performing to a small audience under a tree


Philadelphia Folk Festival, Pennsylvania, USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/2/3
Dates of Creation1962-1969
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains two photographs of audience members at the concert playing instruments


Street musicians, New York, USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3
Dates of Creation1960s

Central Park

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/1
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 2 items

Scope and Content

Contains two photographs of street musicians in Central Park


Matty Umanov's guitar shop

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/2
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Photograph of Matt Umanov's guitar shop, 273 Bleecker Street, NY, with musicians playing outside


Girl in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, NYC

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/3
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of a street musician playing guitar in New York City


4th Street & 6th Avenue

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/4
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Photograph of street musicians in New York


Lower East Side NYC

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/5
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Photograph of street musician on Lower East Side, New York


14th Street

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/6
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Photograph of street musicians on 14th Street, New York City


Town of Woodstock

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/3/7
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of teenagers in the town of Woodstock, New York state, one of which is playing a banjo


Rock and Folk artists

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4
Dates of Creation1960s

The Clearwater Sloop, with Pete Seeger and Don McLean

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/1
Dates of Creation1969
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of the Clearwater Sloop, featuring Bob Seeger on the left and Don McLean on the far right, and an unidentified person playing guitar


Solomon Feldthouse

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/2
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Solomon Feldthouse, guitarist with Kaleidoscope, playing guitar to a woman


David Peel and his Meschugeners

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/3
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of David Peel and his Meschugeners playing on 6th Avenue NYC


Sticks McGhee

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/4
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Sticks McGhee playing guitar on the street in Harlem, New York City


Albert Grossman

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/5
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan between 1962 and 1970


Pete Seeger and friend

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/4/6
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Pete Seeger and unidentified performer


Instruments

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/5
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 4 items

Pete Seeger's guitar

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/5/1
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of Pete Seeger's guitar in Beacon, New York


David Bromberg's guitar

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/5/2
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

One photograph of David Bromberg's guitar


Instruments with unidentified owners

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/5/3
Dates of Creation1960s-70s
Physical Description 2 items

Scope and Content

Contains two photographs of instruments, including acoustic guitar from Phildelphia Folk Festival in 1970, drum and lute


Unidentified performers

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/385/6
Dates of Creation1960s
Physical Description 1 folder (14 items)

Scope and Content

Fourteen photographs of various unidentified hippie street performers