Performance

Poston took photography as his second subject at Hornsey so he could support his jewellery with additional visual context. This places him amongst the first to experiment with what soon became something of a preoccupation in avant-garde jewellery. His interest lay in working with available light (‘largely for pragmatic reasons...a consequence of being unable to afford a flash!’).

This skill proved to be equally useful for recording live performance, and led to some remarkable photography commissions at venues like the Roundhouse and the renowned 100 Club.

People saw my photos and asked me to take some for them. This initiated an interesting and useful income stream, nearly changing my professional direction.

David Poston

2014

(From left to right) Hayley Mills at the London Hilton 1970, Jane Birkin Charity Performance at The London Hilton 1970, Mick Jagger at the Roundhouse London 1971, Susan George at the London Hilton 1970

He documented London’s vibrant art scene, including performances by artists like Stuart Brisley, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Peter Dockley and Carlyle Reedy, and leading figures of popular music, including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.