- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: Exclusive photographs of George Michael tour unveiled in London
- Date: 5th March 2014
- Summary: PHOTOGRAPH OF GEORGE MICHAEL ON TOUR INSIDE EXHIBITION
- Embargoed: 20th March 2014 12:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVA8X3FE8P0WYAEVUEGXZNLQZN85
- Story Text: London's Hamiltons Gallery on Tuesday (March 4) opened its doors to the media for an intimate photographic exhibition of George Michael on his orchestral European tour, Symphonica, the album of which is set to be released later in the month.
Still images, colour and monochrome, littered the wall of the Mayfair space, taken by his long-term collaborator, photographer Caroline True.
Speaking at the exhibition's opening, which began a four-day celebration to launch Michael's sixth solo album 'Symphonica', true said it began with an innocent request from the Wham singer for photographs of him that quickly snowballed.
"I've worked with George for a long, long time and he asked me to take some pictures of him," True told Reuters Television.
"I took a lot of pictures and I drove a lot of people insane with my clicking," she said, describing the tour.
"There are lots of ballads, and I got told to shut up a lot, as I was taking pictures while the ballads were, and I had to basically learn, well you kind of just do, but I got to know every single note, so I knew that any time the music came to any type of crescendo was when I could go click, click, click, click, click and make a lot of noise," she said.
Michael has previously joined forces with Hamiltons in 1996, when he celebrated the release of the six times platinum album 'Older', though True said this exhibition showcased the results of many more taken photographs.
"Probably about 60,000," she said.
"At the end of every evening, I'd download about 2,500 pictures from the show, and it was very obvious to me. I actually knew when I took the ones that worked, and I kind of knew where they were, so I knew where to look for them," she added.
Symphonica's tour saw Michael performing alongside a symphony orchestra in venues across Europe, while the album itself is due for release on March 17.
The album is produced jointly by Michael and the late multiple-Grammy winning producer Phil Ramone, who died in March 2013.
The Symphonica Exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday (March 5) until Friday (March 7).
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