Carnaby have launched an exhibition to celebrate My Generation, a new documentary narrated and co-produced by Sir Michael Caine.
The film – directed by David Batty – relives the ’60s, telling the story through the eyes of one the actor that helped to shape it. It’s a vivid journey of London in the 1960s and Caine guides you through it with his iconic, swaggering charm. Now, you can relive it for yourself.
The free My Generation exhibition is running from 8th – 21st March, at 3 Carnaby Street. Curator, Zelda Cheatle, worked closely with the photographers who were integral to capturing the significant events of the decade, historicising an entire era. The exhibition will display these images, as well as prints and previously unseen archive footage of the decade.
But what does the show say of the ’60s? “The My Generation exhibition shows a cross section of faces that launched a decade,” Zelda says, “with music synonymous of the cultural explosion and touching upon the events of those years.”
Photographed by the quintessential photographers of the era (Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill, Donald Silverstein, Gered Mankowitz) and featuring the likes of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Christine Keeler and Caine himself, the mood is perhaps best described by a certain line – spoken by the latter – in the film: “everything is possible.”
In the exhibition those feats are visible, the models, musicians and muses – film stars, photographers and personalities have seized the moment and become icons. To be working class no longer mattered in climbing to the stars. The austerity of post war Britain had ended and the liberation of Swinging Sixties had begun.
It’s also fitting that the exhibition is located in London’s Carnaby, being one of the undisputed pillars of young creativity in the ’60s. It was where young people ventured so they could find the newest and most daring fashions – they still do today.
** Main image © Terry O’ Neil **
The free-entry exhibition is running until March 21st at 3 Carnaby Street, London.
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Words by Eliza Frost