Anton Corbijn – Portraits of Musical Legends

Submitted by Fabian Peters on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 13:01
R.E.M. by Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn has been behind the camera with everyone from Nirvana, Tom Waits and R.E.M. to The Rolling Stones and the late Joe Cocker. “I ‘wrote history,’ I am beginning to realize,” writes the Dutch photographer and filmmaker in the foreword to his photo book 1-2-3-4, “and I simply refer here to the fact that this book reveals something that actually no longer exists:” the pop and rock scene of the 80s and 90s.

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Mick Jagger, Toronto 1994 / Foto: Anton Corbijn

For 1-2-3-4 Corbijn assembled over 300 pieces from his archives, including some previously unpublished photographs of internationally renowned pop and rock stars. With the predominantly black & white images that exhibit a particular character relevant of street photography, Corbijn presents a previous era in music history. Short essays by some of the musicians he photographed, including Bono (U2), Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), and Lars Ulrich (Metallica), round up the 350-page volume.

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Nirvana, Seattle 1993 Foto: Anton Corbijn

These days, Corbijn seldom photographs artists, having turned his creative focus to filmmaking. 1-2-3-4 is thus not only a reminder of the pop and rock scene in the 80s and 90s, but also of Anton Corbijn, the photographer. From November 14, 2015, to February 16, 2016, his work will be on display at the gallery c/o Berlin in Germany.

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Cover: Prestel Verlag 2015 / Anton Corbijn