Iggy Pop American Valhalla: “The Art Of Post Pop Depression” – exhibition review

Iggy Pop © Paul Grace

Iggy Pop American Valhalla: “The Art Of Post Pop Depression”

The Flood Gallery – Greenwich, London

Until 7th July 2016 Greenwich’s Flood Gallery plays host to an exhibition by German Photographer Andreas Neumann and British Musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys). Together they’re showing a series of photographs entitled American Valhalla: The Art of Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression.

The show features 24 fine art pictures documenting the making of Iggy Pop’s last album Post Pop Depression, along with a display of 8 mm film footage capturing behind the scenes action. The images by Andreas Neumann were taken at diverse locations ranging from California’s Joshua Tree desert to an abandoned parking garage, whereas the photos by drummer Matt Helders tell the inside story of his time with the band.

Andreas Neumann © Paul Grace

Last night was the preview evening and in attendance were Andreas Neumann, Iggy Pop, and the musicians who worked with Iggy on Post Pop Depression; Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Matt Helders. 250 lucky fans were also there who Iggy and the band spent time chatting to and taking photos with.

The images on display are mainly monochrome and really are quite stunning. They’re a mixture of classic portraits, live performance and documentary/reportage, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the minds and relationship between Iggy, Josh and band. My favourite shot is of Iggy and Josh holding hands – a beautiful moment expressing the tight bond which grew between the two artists during the making of Post Pop Depression. The photos taken at the Joshua Tree dessert are also pretty spectacular with its dramatic backdrop.

Josh Homme © Paul Grace

All exhibited photos are a numbered limited edition, available for purchase and are signed by Josh Homme, Iggy Pop, Andreas Neumann and Matt Helders. In all a great show and well worth a trip over to Greenwich to see.


Iggy Pop American Valhalla: The Art Of Post Pop Depression runs until 7th July 2016 at The Flood Gallery, 8 Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ.

More info on the Flood Gallery can be found online here: www.thefloodgallery.com.

More details on American Valhalla here: www.americanvalhalla.com

Andreas Neumann is online here: www.neumanvision.com. He is on Facebook, and Instagram.

All words and photos by Paul Grace. For more of his writing and photos go to his archive. Paul is on Facebook, tweets as @pgracephoto and his website is www.paulgrace-eventphotos.co.uk

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  1. That is not keyboardist Dean Fertita, but guitarist Troy van Leeuwen.

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