I visited the My Generation exhibition on Carnaby Street – London. It was an exclusive exhibition in celebration of the film My Generation, which is presented and produced by Michael Caine. The film is told through the eyes of Caine who helped shape this remarkable era, viewers are taken on a vivid and inspirational journey through London in the 60s.
It was absolutely delighted to be up close to some of the most iconic photographs taken in the 60s. Showcased were photographs, prints and previously unseen archive footage. Featured were Twiggy, Roger Daltrey and The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Vidal Sassoon, Jean Shrimpton, Lulu, Paul McCartney and The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bailey, Sandie Shaw and Mary Quant alongside Michael Caine. Taken by photographers which include Terry O’Neill, Duffy and Barry Lategan. The stand out pieces included the infamous portrait of Christine Keeler, taken by Lewis Morley, mass crowd photographs highlighting the peak of Beatlemania as well as the first professional photo taken of Twiggy.
Unfortunately I was not around in the 60s to enjoy it first hand, but seeing the exhibition was really exciting and enjoyable.
Today the Carnaby area is home to global fashion brands that sit alongside independent stores and concept shops. It has a thriving food scene and is also home to live music venues and bars. It is a place to find experiential retail and many creative industries that give a nod to the spirit of the 60s generation.