The U.K.’s latest must-see photographic exhibition, Gibson Through the Lens, has opened to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena. Gibson Through the Lens is a world-class exhibition comprising 60 vintage and rare photographs which feature the world’s undisputed guitar heroes with their Gibson and Epiphone guitars.

This free exhibition runs through January 31. Gibson Through the Lens captures Gibson’s prestigious history. It’s a must for any fan of the guitar and live music photography to experience, savor and enjoy.

Baron Wolman Book Signing

Gibson Through the Lens features a who’s who of rock royalty and undisputed guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Slash, Angus Young, Les Paul, Marc Bolan, Tony Iommi, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney, B.B King, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Randy Rhoads, Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Lenny Kravitz, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher, among others.

Gibson collaborated with the exhibition’s curator, highly respected rock archivist Dave Brolan, to source these very special pictures from the world’s most prestigious rock photographers such as Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, David Redfern, Herb Wise, David Montgomery, Jill Furmanovsky and the late Jim Marshall, to name a few. Gibson Through the Lens in London follows acclaimed exhibitions in Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

During the three-month exhibition period, The British Music Experience will host exclusive master classes from some of the participating Gibson Through the Lens photographers. The first was hosted on November 10 by Rolling Stone magazine photographer Baron Wolman to mark the exhibition’s official launch. Wolman, best known for his breathtaking photographs of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison, signed copies of his book, The Rolling Stone Years (published by Omnibus Press), following his talk to the invited guests about his life and inspiring work.

Baron Wolman Masterclass

The British Music Experience is a new national museum of popular music, and the first real interactive museum in the U.K. The British Music Experience is a registered not-for-profit charity with the purpose of advancing the education and appreciation of the art, history and science of music in Britain. Unique “smartickets” enable visitors to download content from the museum as they go round the galleries, learning zones, the Gibson Interactive Studio, dance area and the audio visual spaces. The museum received a Special Commendation at the 2011 European Museum of the Year Awards.

Photo Credit – Lauren Keogh

Dave Brolan & Baron Wolman

Gibson Through The Lens

Gibson Through The Lens

Gibson Through The Lens

Gibson Through The Lens

Harvey Goldsmith