Photographer Mick Rock donates never-before-seen shots of Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and more to raise funds for NHS supplies

Mick Rock
Mick Rock

Photographer Mick Rock is to release another five never-before-seen images of stars including Debbie Harry to raise money to buy essential PPE supplies for the NHS.

The five portraits of Harry, plus Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and The Ramones will be sold by gallery West Contemporary, with 20 per cent of proceeds going towards its #MasksforNHS fundraiser for much-needed FFP3 masks for NHS staff.

The fund will be used to buy as much PPE as possible from the official Health-Care Equipment (HCE) site, with it then delivered to hospitals.

Rock previously donated five unseen prints of David Bowie, Kate Moss, Freddie Mercury, Syd Barrett and Bryan Ferry three weeks ago to support the campaign.

Speaking about the fundraiser, Rock said the NHS workers are, like many famous faces he’s photographed, an important and hugely iconic part of British culture and British history.

He said: “The NHS have always been there for me growing up in the UK and for all members of my family, which is why I want to donate 20% of sales of my new works to this amazing fundraiser West Contemporary have set up. If this virus is a reminder of anything, it’s how much we need the NHS. They are our lifeline. We owe them every effort we can think of to protect their own lives whilst they are protecting the lives of others.”