Gered Mankowitz was born in London, England, on 3rd August 1946.
At the end of 1963 Gered opened his first studio, at 9 Masons Yard in the heart of London‟s West End. On one side was the infamous disco “The Scotch of St.James” and on the other the art gallery “Indica”, partly financed by The Beatles and the venue where John Lennon met Yoko Ono.
Within a few months Gered had already begun to make a name for himself, and was approached to photograph Marianne Faithful, who had just had a big hit with “As Tears Go By”. While working closely with Marianne, he got to know her manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
In early 1965, Oldham asked him to photograph the Rolling Stones, who he also managed and produced. From this first session came the cover for “Out of Our Heads” (U.S. title “December’s Children”), and as a result he was asked by the Stones to go to America with them on their record breaking 1965 tour. During this 9 week (48 city) tour of the U.S. Gered photographed the Stones both on and off stage. Gered continued working with the Stones as their „official‟ photographer, producing photos for albums (“Between the Buttons” “Got Live If You Want It” “Big Hits” and several others), press and publicity shots taken at home, in the recording studio, on stage, and behind the scenes until 1967, when the band broke off with their manager, Oldham.
Through the 1960‟s Gered continued in the music world working with Oldham at his famous Immediate label, and with many major artists including Jimi Hendrix, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Soft Machine; and then also through the 1970‟s with Slade, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran and many others.
Gered‟s Jimi Hendrix photos are arguably some of the most important in Rock history.