Reflections: Peter Gabriel in Bath 1978

Peter Gabriel photographed by Clive Arrowsmith in Bath in 1978. Photo © Clive Arrowsmith.

The images here are by photographer Clive Arrowsmith, and they all feature in the forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Bath Architecture, Peter Gabriel Reflections: Iconic Photographs in Bath.

In 1978 Clive Arrowsmith photographed Peter in a number of key architectural locations around Bath, such as the Abbey and Roman Baths and near Solsbury Hill and these photographs, many of them never seen before, will feature in this new exhibition.

“As we were walking back to the road I stopped in the field and photographed Peter again after noticing the long Giacometti style shadow his figure cast across the grass in the evening light. I was sitting in the boot of the car holding my Nikon as he jogged towards the car and we drove slowly away from him. What a strange surrealistic day with an amazing artist.” – Clive Arrowsmith

Read more of Clive Arrowsmith’s memories of the shoot

Clive had first photographed Peter for Vogue in the early 70s – as seen recently on the front cover of Prog Magazine – and the Bath shoot was their second shoot together, pursuing a more surrealistic and intimate vision than their first.

Peter Gabriel Reflections: Iconic Photographs in Bath by Clive Arrowsmith (1978) runs from 1 December 2018 – 3 February 2019 at the Bath Museum of Architecture.

In conjunction with the exhibition there will also be a host of events including workshops, talks and film, and Clive will be running a very special live photo-booth session when museum visitors can have their portrait taken by him (dates to be confirmed).

Also as part of the exhibition Bath Preservation Trust who run the Museum of Bath Architecture will be working with Clive Arrowsmith on an exciting outreach project. They will be inviting community based groups the opportunity to meet Clive talk about his work and have their portraits taken by him. The aim is to recognise the achievements made by some of these extraordinary people who have been through the mental health system and are now helping others. More details to be confirmed on the MoBA website.