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Kevin Cummins

Kevin Cummins (born 14 July 1953 Manchester, England) is a British rock music photographer best known for photographs of rock bands and musicians including Mick Jagger, Ian Curtis, Morrissey, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, and David Bowie.

Born within crying distance of Maine Road in Withington Hospital on 14 July 1953. His first game at Maine Road was a 3-1 victory over Leicester on 19 August 1961. Since then he has followed City over land and sea (and Stretford) for over 40 years. The rest of his time is spent earning a living as one of the world’s most venerated music and portrait photographers.

After studying photography for four years in Salford, Kevin embarked on a career that was to encompass a wide range of photographic work.The burgeoning punk scene in Manchester dominated his early work and he quickly became one of the premier documentary photographers of the era.

He then started working with Manchester’s prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre and was soon in demand by major theatre companies across the UK, most notably: The Royal Opera House, The Royal Northern Ballet, The Liverpool Playhouse and The Oxford Playhouse. Kevin was instrumental in establishing City Life, Manchester’s ’what’s on’ guide and was a founding contributor to The Face, the influential style magazine where he won an award for Magazine Cover of the Year.

Since moving to London in 1987, Kevin has contributed to many major UK publications, including: The Observer, Esquire, Maxim, Elle, Vogue, Mojo, FourFourTwo, Sleaze Nation and The Big Issue. He spent 10 years as the chief photographer for New Musical Express – the world’s biggest selling rock weekly – where his award-winning pictures were a major contributing factor in the rise of the Madchester and Cool Britannia scenes. His work can be seen gracing many record sleeves and book jackets and he regularly contributes to publications in Europe and Japan.

 

Joy Division (JD002KC)

Joy Division

Classic early shot of Joy Division rehearsing at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Rooms in August 1979

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Joy Division (JD005KC)

Joy Division

Joy Division on the Princess Parkway in Hulme, Manchester in January 1979

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Joy Division (JD1001KC)

Joy Division

Iconic shot of Joy Division walking in the snow near Manchester Cathedral in 1979

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Smiths, The (SM002KC)

The Smiths

Early image of The Smiths on a shoot in 1983 on the outskirts of Manchester

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Happy Mondays (HAPPY001KC)

Happy Mondays

Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays captured in Yellow 2 Studios, Stockport in 1986

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Joy Division (JD003KC)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis taking a break during rehearsal at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Room, Manchester in August 1979

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Stone Roses (SR002KC)

Stone Roses

Stones Roses legendary concert at Spike Island, Widnes in May 1990 six months after the release of their seminal single Fool's Gold

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A Certain Ratio (ACR001KC)

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio captured in a Whalley Range studio in Manchester in August 1979

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Buzzcocks (BUZZ001KC)

Buzzcocks

Punk group Buzzcocks performing at the legendary live music venue Band On The Wall, Manchester in May 1977

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Electric Circus (ECIR001KC)

Electric Circus

The legendary The Electric Circus venue in Collyhurst, Manchester.

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Fall, The (FALL001KC)

The Fall

Early shot of The Fall at Central Station Car Park, Manchester in the summer of 1978

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Happy Mondays (HAPPY002KC)

Happy Mondays

The Happy Mondays performing onstage at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in January 1991

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James (JAMES001KC)

James

James shot at Manchester Central Train Station during its renovation as the G-Mex Conference Centre in 1984

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Jeff Buckley (JB001KC)

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley captured on a dark evening in Toulouse, France in February 1995

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John Cooper Clarke (JCC001KC)

John Cooper Clarke

Performance poet John Cooper Clarke at Salford City Art Gallery in August 1978

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Joy Division (JD004KC)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis during Joy Division rehearsal in Manchester in August 1979

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Magazine (MAG001KC)

Magazine

Punk band Magazine performing at Rafters venue in Manchester in January 1978

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Manic Street Preachers (MS001KC)

Manic Street Preachers

Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers backstage at the MBK Hall, Bangkok in April 1994 on their Gold Against the Soul World Tour

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Morrissey (SM001KC)

Morrissey

Morrissey performing upside down on a monitor during his Kill Uncle Tour at the Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, New York in July 1991

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Stone Roses (SR001KC)

Stone Roses

In the NME 50th anniversary issue both Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft said that this picture was the defining moment of the era.

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The Distractions (DIST001KC)

The Distractions

British new wave band The Distractions at the amusement park in Belle Vue, Manchester on the 22nd August 1979.

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

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