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During the early 1960ís, accomplished photographer, Barrie Wentzell, diversified into the worlds of fashion, music and advertising. In 1965, he had a chance encounter with the young Diana Ross. The image he made of this yet-to-be global superstar became a riveting front cover of The Melody Maker, England's most renowned music publication, which caught the attention of Bob Houston, the asst. editor at the time. Barrie was signed on as exclusive chief photographer for the paper.
Barrie went on to shoot for The Melody Maker from 1965 until 1975, one of the most important decades in the history of popular music, photographing many unknown musicians who would later become legends and household names.
Celebrated artists such as Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and rock and roll legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless more all have their place in Barrie Wentzell's vast archive.
In 1975, Barrie abandoned his Soho studio, leaving photography and the longest running party behind to move to the Isle of Wight and pursue a completely different direction.
Today, some 30 years later, he continues to contribute his work to exhibitions, museums, private collections, books and CD's worldwide and licenses reproduction rights for his images to the trade. He is currently working on a book of his own to coincide with a documentary film and international exhibition. Barrie lives and works in Toronto, Canada.