Anton Corbijn 1-2-3-4 (Prestel)

Nirvana, Seattle 1993 Copyright Anton Corbijn (02)

Anton Corbijn 1-2-3-4 von Anton Corbijn
Anton Corbijn 1-2-3-4 von Anton Corbijn

If you know who Anton Corbijn is then you’ll already want this hefty tome featuring over 300 shots from his archive,or more likely you already own it.

If however you are unaware of this modern Dutch master then have a watch of his Joy Division biopic Control and then you’ll see how every single frame of that film is is a work of pure, absolute photographic poetry. Refreshingly though the rock snaps in this collection side-step Macclesfield’s morbid maestros and features all the other legendary musicians to fall under the spell of Anton’s monochromatic magic. We’re talking everyone here from rock royalty such as your Mick Jaggers and Joe Cockers to uber lords of the goth underworld Dave Gahan and Nick Cave with a bit of Bono and Michael Stipe thrown in for good measure. In a world where ‘cool’ photos pop up every second on an instagram fed conveyer-belt, these photos really stand out as something a bit special being genuinely iconic and instantly recognisable as being Corbijn. Each work also comes across as a genuine meeting of minds where the images say as much about Anton as they do about the musical goliaths gazing down the other end of the lens.

Mick Jagger, Toronto 1994 Copyright Anton Corbijn (07)

Siouxsie Sioux, London 1983 Copyright Anton Corbijn (02)

All images © Anton Corbijn

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