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AMY WINEHOUSE BY CHARLES MORIARTY

Photographer Charles Moriarty has launched a Kickstarter to fund a book of previously unpublished photographs of Amy Winehouse.

Before Frank by photographer Charles Moriarty will comprise images taken before the launch of Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank. The photos are derived from two photographic sessions – one in London, one in New York – capturing the much-missed modern great, standing at the cusp of a stratospheric and turbulent career. Moriarty anticipates the inclusion of 50-60 images from these unreleased sessions; the book itself, meanwhile, will be a coffee table tome put together by acclaimed book designer Sybren Kuiper.

Documentarian Asif Kapadia, whose 2015 feature on Winehouse, Amy, won an Oscar amongst a score of other awards, will compose the book’s foreword. In an extract, Kapadia writes, “Over the years I have seen thousands of images of Amy, by brilliant photographers from all over the world, but Charles Moriarty’s photos stood out […] I felt I finally saw the real Amy, the girl before the fame”.

One preview image from the book depicts a pensive Amy applying electric pink lipstick; in another, she lounges in her signature retro makeup and a nascent beehive yet to reach its future heights. The collection is candid, heart-wrenching and, appropriately, frank; it’s a bittersweet perspective on a prodigious talent before she became the target of ravenous tabloid headlines.

For the book to be realised, the Kickstarter campaign must reach a funding total of £15,000 by 19th May. For fans seeking one more glimpse of the authentic Amy behind the paparazzi photos, it may well be an investment worth making

Words
Emily Dixon
AMY WINEHOUSE BY CHARLES MORIARTY

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