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Alan Messer

Alan Messer has been photographing musicians for five decades.

His career started at sixteen on December 4th, 1967, working from Dezo Hoffmann's London studio as a freelance and as a staff photographer for the Record Mirror, pop magazine.

During the seventies, Alan was the resident Old Grey Whistle Test photographer (BBC TV), toured briefly with Iggy Pop and Deep Purple and photographed many visiting touring American bands and artists, either in his London studio or on the road. Excited by America and it's music, Alan moved to Nashville in 1978 to open a studio. An amazing opportunity to photograph the country music scene unfolded, as his British style of photography attracted musicians, record companies and legendary artists like, Johnny Cash.

During the ’80's, Alan Messer’s career soared as a prolific primary Nashville photographer, often shooting a session or an album cover every day. Some of those sessions were in his studio or in Austin, Texas with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson or Joe Ely.

Alan, an acclaimed photographer, has hundreds of albums and CD's to his credit and a Grammy for album packaging photography/design. Some musicians photographed, are: John Lennon, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Who, Diana Ross, Deep Purple, Elton John, Bill Haley, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Tanya Tucker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Ely, ....

Alan always carries a camera. Currently, he is working on his archives, documentary and books. Every picture has a story.

B.B. King (BB001ALME)

B.B. King

B.B. King onstage at The Exit/In in Nashville in March 1978

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Beatles, The (TB001ALME)

The Beatles

Contact sheet of The Beatles taken at the press reception for the screening of their Yellow Submarine film in July 1968.

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David Bowie (DB001ALME)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing a kick whilst onstage at the Spectrum, Philadelphia in April 1978.

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Faces, The (FA001ALME)

The Faces

Rod Stewart onstage with The Faces at the Lewisham Odeon in November 1974.

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George Harrison (TB002ALME)

George Harrison

George Harrison celebrating the opening of Apple Tailoring at Club Dell'Aretusa in Chelsea in 1968.

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John Lennon (TB003ALME)

John Lennon

John Lennon at the pre-opening party at Club Dell’Aretusa for Apple Tailoring in the King's Road, Chelsea in May 1968.

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John Prine (JP001ALME)

John Prine

John Prine captured during the Cowboy Jack Clement's Show in November 2019.

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John Prine (JP002ALME)

John Prine

John Prime backstage at The Station Inn, Nashville before performing with Jimmy Rooney's Irregulars in 2019.

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Johnny Cash (CASH001ALME)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash posing outside his log cabin, that became Cash Cabin Studio, where he later recorded some of the American Recording albums.

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Johnny Cash (CASH002ALME)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash captured by Alan Messer at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1988

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Keith Richards (RS001ALME)

Keith Richards

Keith Richards photographed backstage during the Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' tour in 1994.

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Keith Richards (RS002ALME)

Keith Richards

Captivating contact sheet of Keith Richards taken by Alan Messer in Memphis in 1994.

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Rolling Stones, The (RS003ALME)

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones performing at the free 'The Stones in the Park' concert at Hyde Park, London in July 1969.

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Featured Prints

Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Patti Smith (PS001LR)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

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Adam Ant (AANT001JF)

Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

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Jam, The (JA006MAGO)

The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

Prices from £395.00
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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at the Melody Maker Pop Awards 1967

Prices from £750.00
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U2 (UT007DC)

U2

U2 on top of a hotel roof in Cork, Ireland on a cold February morning in 1980

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Featured Artists

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

A unique collection of images of Pink Floyd, one of the worlds most successful and influential rock bands.

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 & considered one of the most innovative & influential rock bands in history.

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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis was an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band has sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

Our contact sheet print collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Morgan Howell Print Collection

Morgan Howell Print Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

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Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

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Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

During his 30 year career Jake Chessum has shot defining images of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jay Z, The Beastie Boys & David Bowie.

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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