Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi makes a surprise appearance at a pop-up photo exhibit in Sydney

Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi makes a surprise appearance at a pop-up photo exhibit in Sydney that showcases the band’s first 10 years

They are currently in Australia playing a series of shows off the back of headliner Splendor In The Grass.

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

The photo exhibit, which is now open to the public at the Verona Rooftop Gallery, showcases the band’s first 10 years on the road.

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

The event brought together a host of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw.

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

Smyth has been working professionally for nearly 20 years and has worked commercially with clients including MTV, Vanity Fair, NME, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, and Ford Models, among others.

The photo exhibit, which is now open to the public at the Verona Rooftop Gallery, showcases the band's first 10 years on the road.  Photographed with Stephen Dallimore of Behind the Gallery

The photo exhibit, which is now open to the public at the Verona Rooftop Gallery, showcases the band’s first 10 years on the road. Photographed with Stephen Dallimore of Behind the Gallery

The event brought together a host of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw (center)

The event brought together a host of music industry executives and Byron Baes star Cai Leplaw (center)

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

“This exhibit will showcase intimate moments with the band since their debut and offer fans a rare glimpse into images that have never been seen before,” Smyth said.

The photo exhibit, which is now open to the public at the Verona Rooftop Gallery, showcases the band's first 10 years on the road.  The Strokes photographed in the 90s

The photo exhibit, which is now open to the public at the Verona Rooftop Gallery, showcases the band’s first 10 years on the road. The Strokes photographed in the 90s

“Cody has been with us from the very beginning – always a motivator, forever a friend. Along the way, he’s captured some very special moments. I didn’t even know he brought 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 every new artist.

Behind the gallery presents The Strokes: The First Ten Years will run until August 1.

The exhibit 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 exhibit 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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