Inkjet print, 2015
Signed, titled, numbered, dated on a label
Print size: 31.7 x 44 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 AP
ABOUT THE WORK
Corbijn took this picture of music legend Joe Cocker in Paris. Joe Cocker (1944-2014) is one of the biggest pop heroes of the British music history. In the sixties he became famous as blues- and rock singer. His striking and raw voice alongside his movements during singing were characteristic for his performances. Cocker moved to the United States, went on tour with the Rolling Stones and became good friends with Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Rod Steward. After a difficult period including a lot of alcohol and drug problems he made a comeback in the eighties. Cocker is most famous for songs as You are So Beautiful, With A Little Help from my Friends, Unchain my Heart and Have a Little Faith. Joe Cocker died in December 2014.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
In recent years Anton Corbijn (b. 1955) is mostly known as director of movies like Control (2007) and The American (2010). Next to directing movies, his love for photography remains strong. During his thirty-year career he worked together with numerous musicians and actors and became the ‘personal photographer’ of bands like U2 and Depeche Mode. Corbijn also directed many music videos for Joy Division, Nirvana, Coldplay and Johnny Cash.
His photographs have been exhibited worldwide in leading galleries and museums including the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg , the Photography Research Centre in Boston and the Museum of Art in Vienna. Several monographic books concerning the photographical work of Corbijn have been published.
During his long lasting career the work of Corbijn was of major influence on international music and portrait photography. The creative, off-beat way he has photographed performing artists since the 1970s has become his personal trademark. The atmospheric and often melancholic black-and-white aesthetic from his early years contains a subtle balance between documentary- and portrait photography. Implicitly questioning the boundaries between different photographical genres became characteristic for Corbijns work and had a big influence on photography as a whole.
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