Unseen Amy Winehouse by Phil Knott
To celebrate the life of jazz icon, Amy Winehouse and raise vital funds for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Zebra One Gallery held Hope, an extraordinary exhibition of previously unseen photos and one-off artworks, created especially for the event.
On September 13 – the day before what would have been, Amy’s birthday – the gallery unveiled, for the first time, a collection of beautiful shots with the fresh-faced young star by acclaimed photographer, Phil Knott in the early Noughties, as she took her first steps into the limelight.
Phil first worked with Amy in 2003
It was on promotional shoots for her debut album Frank and continued to shoot her during the early years, where he was touched by how charmingly unaware she was of the massive talent and presence she had been gifted.
The private view was at Soho’s exclusive member’s club Century – a beloved haunt of the Winehouse family – it also featured an auction of one-off artworks by artists including Mason Storm, Dan Pearce, James Rawson and The Mighty Joe Castro.
All of the auction money raised went to the charity, set up in her memory, to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse in young people and to help them reach their full potential.
The Photographer is behind the seminal images of a galaxy of music stars, from Prince and Liam Gallagher to Chris Martin and Justin Timberlake to name but a few, but Amy stood out for him.
The memories came flooding back
“When I unearthed this box of photos, after moving to LA, I was moved by how full of hope, beauty and shy innocence they were, this was the funny, healthy and remarkable Amy that I remembered, and captured in those early years. They have never been shared with the public before, so I wanted to work with Zebra One Gallery and the foundation, to celebrate her life and inspire young people.The charity is doing fantastic work in her memory, by showing Amy in her prime, before the addictions that they are also battling – took hold.”.
The exhibition then ran for a week at Century, before moving to Zebra One Gallery, Hampstead for a month.