1980s pop music was fun, vibrant and flamboyant. Electronic dance music and new wave flourished underpinned by the heavy use of synthesizers and catchy vocals and the creative energy of British youth culture became more style-oriented, fuelled by the emergence of the video age notably the introduction of MTV.
Music photography played a pivotal role in capturing the essence of the era, and The Face magazine was at the forefront. Founded by ex-NME and Smash Hit’s editor Nick Logan and designed by maestro typographer Neville Brody, it was known for its cutting-edge style and innovation. Artists of the 80’s that came up during this era - Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Paul Weller, Grace Jones and Boy George were image savvy. They were matched by top photographers including some from the fashion industry in an the era when rock and fashion blurred. The magazine's pages became a visual diary of the vibrant music scene, leaving an indelible mark on pop culture history.