Fans of British music will get a chance to see what goes on beyond the famous zebra crossing of Abbey Road Studios in a new photography exhibition at the Barbican Music Library.

Abbey Road Studios – Through the Lens of Jill Furmanovsky, showcases the work of acclaimed British photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, who’s spent over 40 decades photographing rock musicians and bands at the West London recording studio.

In this exhibition, Furmanovsky captures a unique and intimate history of Abbey Road Studios, turning her lens on some of the UK’s most legendary recording artists including; Pink Floyd during their Wish You Were Here recording sessions in 1975, and Oasis during their Be Here Now recording sessions in 1996.

Oasis Photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Furmanovsky also documented sessions featuring contemporary artists including Novelist, DJ Yoda, Noel Rodgers and Royal Blood after Abbey Road opened two new studios in early 2017 to make the recording studio more accessible to emerging artists.

Mura Masa at Abbey Road 25-5-17 by Jill Furmanovsky

In addition to Furmanovsky’s work, the exhibition features rare archive prints of the iconic London music studio, as well as a selection of unique microphones on loan from the studio’s collection – which since 1931, is the largest collection of microphones in the world.

Furmanovsky’s previous Chunk of Punk exhibition was “an international hit” according to Michael Southwell, Curator and Principal Library Assistant at the Barbican Music Library, when interviewed by the City of London Corporation. “It is so exciting to see the return of the talented photographer.”

Furmanovsky joined Abbey Road Studios as Artist in Residence in 2017 and has photographed at the studio since 1975.

Inside Abbey Road Studios – Through the Lens of Jill Furmanovsky, runs from 9 April – 7 July in the Barbican Music Library: entry is free. 

Image Credits: All images by Jill Furmanovsky.