Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits 1978


Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits 1978

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Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits, The Marquee, Wardour St, London. 1978. Limited edition of 500. Each print is numbered and signed by Danny Clifford. Includes numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity and unabridged backstory (excerpt below):

‘I Need That Number Now, Danny!’ (Excerpt)
[…]Dire Straits were always brilliant, but they were an almost-unknown band at this point and I was shooting them to promote their first album, at a tiny-but-famous London club on Wardour Street, Soho: The Marquee. It was a series of Tuesday night gigs, which should give you a clue as to how big they weren’t at this point. I remember the first week, a bit of a crowd showed up, but nothing special. The band, however, obviously were special; by the second week, the place was rammed and word was spreading fast[…]

[…]The album, ‘Dire Straits’, was released in the October of that year, but by the September, I was off with Bob Dylan, touring America as his official photographer. I remember waiting to board Bob’s private jet, keeping myself to myself and quietly baffled at how I’d found myself in this situation […] I seated myself at the back, but two hours into the flight, one of the band came to get me:

“Bob wants to see you.” So off I went to the front of the plane.

For the next hour or so (maybe two - it flew by), Bob asked me about my pictures. About my cameras, about my background, about my techniques and all the while complimenting my shots. Then he asked who I had been working with. I rattled off a few names and, although I didn’t expect him to know Dire Straits, he stopped me when I mentioned them.

“That’s Mark Knopfler!”


“You know him?”


“Have you got his number? Can you give me his number?”

I didn’t have Mark’s number, but I knew I could get it from their manager, Ed Bicknell, after we landed. I was slightly taken aback by Bob’s enthusiasm, but told him I would sort it out for him back at the hotel[…]

As I opened the door to my hotel room, the phone was already ringing. I answered it.

“Hey man, have you got that number? I need that number now, Danny.” Bob insisted[...]

Available framed or unframed. The print will be numbered somewhere between 1-500, subject to availability. All prints produced with the very finest archival, acid free museum paper. We offer two types of frames: ‘Gallery frame’ uses thin, elegant, glossy black wood with mount and standard glass. ‘Luxury frame’ has a thicker body (also gloss black) and includes LRI glass (Low Reflection Invisible) to filter UV light more effectively, enhance the display and prolong the life of the image.

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Our Fine Art prints are produced on museum-quality, acid-free archival paper. We only use the very finest quality paper, for a combination of aesthetic perfection and ensured longevity. As such, we have selected Permajet as our printing partner. We use top-of-the-range Epson UltraChrome K3 ink on cutting-edge, Giclée printers, such as our Epson Stylus Pro 9880.

Each print is delivered in an acid-free wrap and we also supply a pair of cotton, museum gloves for further handling. You will also receive guidance on how best to preserve and protect your artwork, including recommendations for mounting and framing. If you have any further questions about maintaining or displaying your print, feel free to get in touch via the contact page.