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.