Based near Warwick in the centre of England, I became passionate about photography from an early age.
With music always playing in the parental home, I was weaned on a rich harvest of sounds including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zep, and I was a regular listener to Alan Freeman, John Peel and Annie Nightingale on Radio One.
I took my first live concert shots as a kid at Birmingham Town Hall in the seventies when I smuggled a small rangefinder camera into a Black Sabbath gig. After student life at Swansea University and Leicester Polytechnic (a haze of lost years induced by cheap beer), I subsequently studied photography at Warwickshire College, gaining 7 distinctions and later becoming a member of the Royal Photographic Society. Since those early beginnings, and having taken thousands of images and attended hundreds of concerts over the years, I still get the adrenaline rush when I see a band walk on stage.
I am contracted to the international photo agency Getty Images, which has probably the largest collection of music images in the world. My pictures have appeared in many magazines, newspapers and websites around the world (inc. The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, News of the World, Sunday Mirror, Independent, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Guitarist and BBC).
I have been awarded a Global Assignment Portfolio by Getty Images, and I am available for assignments worldwide.
The gallery represents a small sample of my work and is updated regularly. All of the images on this site are available to purchase for licensed editorial use, so please contact me to discuss your requirements.
(Photo courtesy of Marilyn Kingwill, thanks ducky!)
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