"This portrait of Jimi in his famous military jacket has become my single most famous image."
Though Gered Mankowitz was only 18 years old when his stunning photographs were selected to define the covers of the Rolling Stones seminal albums Out of Our Heads (December's Children), (1965) and Between the Buttons (1966), Mankowitz says his photographs of Jimi Hendrix in 1967 are his most famous.
Mankowitz recalls of the artists he documented so beautifully:
"The [Rolling Stones] band was kind and very supportive and at no time did I feel awkward or inhibited by them or their reputation. They responded to my minimal direction with patience and an enthusiasm which comes across in the images we made."
And of Hendrix: "We got on incredibly well and I found him to be a most charming, humble and witty person as well as a willing and enthusiastic subject. He was very easy to photograph because apart from having tremendous charisma, he had wonderful style."
It's not hard to understand why Mankowitz was lauded for his work with opportunities to intimately photograph many more music legends including Marianne Faithfull, Paul McCartney, The Spencer Davis Group, The Yardbirds, The Eurythmics, The Small Faces, Elton John, Kate Bush, The Jam among other greats.