Inkjet print, 2015
Print size: 31.66 x 44 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 AP
ABOUT THE WORK
Corbijn took this picture of rock star Siouxsie Sioux in her hotel room in Kyoto, during the tour with her band in 1982. In the right corner a small beam of the room is visible, showing that this is not a studio photo.
Siouxsie Sioux (b. 1957) was born as Susan Janet Ballion in Bromley, Kent, England. In the mid-1970s, she became part of a group of young punk rockers known as The Bromley Contingent - rabid Sex Pistols fans, known for their provocative clothing and public antics. She went on to become the lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees, whose most popular singles include Peek-A-Boo, Cities in Dust, The Killing Jar, Fear (of the Unknown) and Kiss Them For Me. After the Banshees split in the mid-1990s. Sioux began collaborating with other musicians, and then worked as a solo artist.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
In recent years Anton Corbijn (b. 1955 the Netherlands) 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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