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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.

 

Jeff Buckley (JB001KC)

Jeff Buckley

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

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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

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

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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Bob Dylan shot while recording his 5th studio album in Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City 1965.

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Blur

"At the time of shooting this assignment,, Blur were one of many 'indie' bands. Little did we know how successful they would be."

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Candid image of Roger Waters at Abbey Road Studios whilst Pink Floyd finished off recording their debut album

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The original Pink Floyd line-up on their first ever photo shoot in Ruskin Park, London

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Syd Barrett captured on one of Pink Floyd's earliest photoshoots in June 1967

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Oasis

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