The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi makes surprise appearance at pop-up photo exhibition in Sydney

The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi makes surprise appearance at pop-up photo exhibition in Sydney which showcases the band’s first 10 years

They’re currently in Australia playing a series of shows on the back of headlining Splendour In The Grass.

And on Wednesday night, The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi made a surprise appearance attending the launch of Cody Smyth’s exclusive pop-up in Sydney.

The photo exhibition, which is open to the public now at Verona Rooftop Gallery showcases the bands first 10 years on the road.

The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi (left) made a surprise appearance attending the launch of photographers Cody Smyth's exclusive pop-up in Sydney on Wednesday. Pictured together

The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi (left) made a surprise appearance attending the launch of photographers Cody Smyth’s exclusive pop-up in Sydney on Wednesday. Pictured together

The event was attended by a bevy of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw.

‘Cody has been with us since the very beginning – always a motivator, forever a friend. Along the way he captured some very special moments. I didn’t even know he’d brought along his camera,’ Valensi said of Cody’s pop up.

Smyth has worked professionally for nearly 20 years and worked commercially with clients such as MTV, Vanity Fair, NME, Nylon, Dazed & Confused and Ford Models amongst others.

The photo exhibition, which is open to the public now at Verona Rooftop Gallery showcases the bands first 10 years on the road. Pictured with Behind the Gallery's Stephen Dallimore

The photo exhibition, which is open to the public now at Verona Rooftop Gallery showcases the bands first 10 years on the road. Pictured with Behind the Gallery’s Stephen Dallimore 

The event was attended by a bevy of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw (centre)

The event was attended by a bevy of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw (centre)

He has photographed some of the biggest names in music, including The Strokes, Kanye West, Joan Jett, Dave Gahan, Lil Wayne, and Alicia Keys.

The exhibition will concede with the 21st anniversary of The Strokes debut album This Is It and will include a fan Q&A with Cody on Saturday.

‘This exhibition will showcase intimate moments with the band from the early days and offer fans a rare insight to images that have never been seen before,’ Smyth said.

The photo exhibition, which is open to the public now at Verona Rooftop Gallery showcases the bands first 10 years on the road. The Strokes pictured in the 90s

The photo exhibition, which is open to the public now at Verona Rooftop Gallery showcases the bands first 10 years on the road. The Strokes pictured in the 90s

'Cody has been with us since the very beginning - always a motivator, forever a friend. Along the way he captured some very special moments. I didn't even know he'd brought along his camera,' Valensi said of Cody's pop up

‘Cody has been with us since the very beginning – always a motivator, forever a friend. Along the way he captured some very special moments. I didn’t even know he’d brought along his camera,’ Valensi said of Cody’s pop up

Having shared a long personal and professional relationship with the band, Smyth has captured unique and iconic content over the years.

Behind The Gallery is an online Gallery that creates unique pop-up gallery experiences for each new artist.

Behind the Gallery Presents The Strokes: The First Ten Years will run until August 1.

The exhibition will concede with the 21st anniversary of The Strokes debut album This Is It and will include a fan Q&A with Cody on Saturday

 The exhibition will concede with the 21st anniversary of The Strokes debut album This Is It and will include a fan Q&A with Cody on Saturday

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