Photographs of Noel Gallagher, Stormzy and Pete Doherty auctioned for Mental Health Awareness Week

Exclusive photographs of iconic rock musicians are set to go under the hammer in a charity auction to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
Jake Bugg. Pics by Simon Sarin.Jake Bugg. Pics by Simon Sarin.
Jake Bugg. Pics by Simon Sarin.

The portraits including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Debbie Harry and Pete Doherty, were taken by rock photographer Simon Sarin who opened up his archives to offer the one-off-prints for sale.

Among then is a photograph of Halifax-born Ed Sheeran, pictured backstage with his arm in a sling following a cycling accident.

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Mr Sarin said: “When I saw him, I stuck my arm out to shake hands. Luckily he laughed.”

The Blossoms. Pics by Simon Sarin.The Blossoms. Pics by Simon Sarin.
The Blossoms. Pics by Simon Sarin.

Having battled with his own mental health, Mr Sarins teamed up with OasisArtBox, an offshoot of the Oasis Partnership, which helped him when he struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse.

Some of his subject, like Pete Doherty and Professor Green, have had well-documented drug and mental health issues.

Mr Sarin said: “I was in a very dark place due to chronic alcoholism and drug abuse. I really had hit rock bottom.

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“The drink and drugs which were a crutch to my mental health issues had now become the main cause of them and, without the charity’s help, I very much doubt I would be here, let alone have achieved so much in sobriety.”

The photographs include the Blossoms, Jake Bugg and Noel Gallagher and are on display in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.