4 September 1974, Queen posed for pictures that are now Iconic

Johnny Dewe Mathews first photoshoot of Queen was taken @ Primrose Hill (his London studio) on 4th September 1974, a couple of months before the band released their third album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’. Digressing from the progressive themes featured on their first two albums, this album featured more conventional rock tracks and marked a step towards the “classic” Queen sound. It was produced by the band and Roy Thomas Baker and launched Queen to mainstream popularity in both the UK and throughout the world

“At the time when I was asked by their agent I had never heard of them, but with Freddie it was immediatly apparent that I was in the presence of a charismatic visionary who was totally focused. He set the dress sense for the whole band and I remember that he smelt of something delicious.”

“They were very confused by my casual approach to taking photos. I had no assistants and no lights and only listened to blues music. But Freddie warmed up when I told him I had taken many photos of Derek Jarman and Andrew Logans Alternative Miss World ; I also told him about photographing Andy Warhol and his Mao show in Paris with a Brownie Box camera. He looked at me as if he was genuinely impressed ! ”

Johnny Dewe Mathews

Source: Rockarchive

He successfully captured the early days of Freddie Mercury’s vision