WHEN Led Zeppelin made their one and only tour of Australia in 1972, Ted Harvey was the staff photographer for a rock magazine called The Daily Planet (until Superman's creators made them change the name).

His photos of the band in full flight at the Sydney Showgrounds gathered dust for 30 years in his Ocean Shores attic but have gone on to be exhibited in galleries in Australia, the UK and USA.

Robert Plant told Ted they were "the best photos ever taken" of the band and on the eve of his return to play at Bluesfest, Ted is holding another exhibition at Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay.

The exhibition will feature some of Ted's classic shots of the young Led Zep singer, but also images of Elton John, Cat Stevens and Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, who all toured Australia that summer.

"It was a big summer. They were all young and keen and all firing," Ted remembers.

He was invited to a record company cocktail party at the Sebel Town House where he met all the members of Led Zeppelin prior to the Sydney gig and remembers them being "very friendly".

"Germaine Greer was there too," he said casually.

A couple of days after the Sydney concert Ted got in touch with the band again and showed some of his photos to Robert Plant who was blown away with them.

Ted went wandering through the streets of Kings Cross with Plant who was "singing at the top of his lungs at the El Amaein Fountain" and attempted to steal a Viking head emblem from an abandoned car.

Ted said Robert was very generous and gave him a stack of records and a tour T-Shirt when he left.

Ted has been selling prints of his Led Zeppelin photos for many years now and donating the profits to children's development programs in Brazil.

All profits from the exhibition at Retrospect will go towards helping kids in extreme poverty in the city of Codo.

The exhibition runs from March 24 to April 5.



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