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Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

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Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

Amy Winehouse photo exhibition comes to Dublin in May

It's a hometown return for photographer Charles Moriarty who snapped the pre-fame Amy in 2003.

Charles Moriarty didn’t know to what extent he was documenting rock ‘n’ roll history when he got a call from a mate of his, Tyler James, asking if he’d take some photos of his little-known singer pal, Amy Winehouse, who’d recently signed to Island Records.

“The first time I met Amy Winehouse was the day I shot her Frank album cover,” recalls the Dubliner who since moving to London in 2003 has also snapped the likes of Damon Albarn and Hercules And Love Affair. “We left my apartment and wandered down Commercial Street, dropped into the off-licence and picked up a bottle of white wine and nipped round to the back of the Golden Harte pub to Princeton Street, which is where we shot the cover.”

That session forms the backbone of Amy, a collection of 25 images of the pre-fame Ms. Winehouse, which following a successful London run touches down at CHQ Custom Quay, Dublin 1 from May 10-31.

You’ll also be able to pick up an accompanying 144-page book containing even more stunning shots and a foreword from the director of the Oscar-winning Amy documentary, Asif Karpadia.

"Before Frank" by Charles Moriarty from Between Friends on Vimeo.

Here's the conversation Hot Press' Stuart Clark had with Amy's first manager, Nick Shymanksy, ahead of the Amy documentary's 2016 DVD release...


While Montage Of Heck, The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, Everything Is Illmatic, The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead and Keith Richards: Under The Influence all did their subjects proud, it was Amy that broke both box-office records and fans’ hearts with its unvarnished telling of Ms. Winehouse’s story.

Though it didn’t flinch from dealing with her various addictions and mental health issues, it was, as her pal Mark Ronson told Hot Press, “A reminder of the insane talent that put her up there on her pedestal in the first place. What I love about it is that my wife, who never got to meet her, said: “Now, I get it. Now I see the Amy you talked about!’”

That sentiment is shared by Nick Shymansky, the man who met Amy when she was 16 and managed her from 1999 until 2006 when, to the tabloids’ glee, her life really started to unravel.

Music has always had drugs and excess but the women come out a lot worse because of the physicality of it,” proffers Shymansky who’s now a senior A&R Manager at Island Records. “You spent time with her, so you know that Amy was petite. There’s a difference between an 18-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man going in hard like that.”

Asked whether it was a case of jumping or being pushed from his managerial post, Nick sighs and then says, “I’d had a nightmare fucking year with her. I tried on numerous occasions to get her into rehab. My older brother was a heroin addict. He was a year in front of her in terms of his addiction; my other brother and my mum were able to get him sorted out, so I knew what had to be done. I was taking advice and talking the whole time to her father, Mitch, who was by far and away the biggest influence on Amy. After numerous failed attempts, I took her to a rehab place where she met with the guy and admitted she needed help. She said, ‘I’ll go but only after I’ve looked my dad in the eye and told him that I’m a heroin addict.’ I rang Mitch up and he said, ‘Yes, absolutely, bring her over.’ I should have thought at the time, ‘Hang on, ‘bring her over?’ Why aren’t you coming here?’ Anyway, we drive the whole way across London to get to Mitch’s place. She walks in, sits on his lap and starts sobbing and he says, ‘You haven’t got an addiction. You haven’t got a problem. You’re just a bit heartbroken.’ He starts having a go at me: ‘Haven’t you tried drugs? Haven’t you ever had a bit too much to drink?’ So, basically, everything I was trying to do went out the fucking window. Mitch is the only person that could have stopped it. Why he chose not to is unfortunately an irrelevant question now. I believe she had all the classic hallmarks of a young person testing her father and testing men. Whether it was getting loads of piercings and tattoos, drinking too much or going out with an idiot, it was, ‘Why are you having a go at me?’”

Unhappy with the way Amy portrayed him, Mitch Winehouse fumed in April that, “I am painted as an absent father during her last years. It gave the impression the family weren’t there. I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”

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