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Matt Anker

Matt Anker has been a professional photographer based in London for over 20 years. Born in Epping, Matt grew up in Kent and acquired his first camera at age 10, and began experimenting with a 35mm camera as a teenager, playing with distortion and colours. This led to his attending what was then the Medway School of Art and Design to study advertising and editorial photography.

His first job was as an assistant to Jill Furmanovsky, which led to stints with Mel Yates, Nick Yates and Normski, eventually Matt was able to secure his own studio with Mel Yates.

During the early 1990’s, the ’indie’ music scene in Britain was in a transitional period, on the cusp of exploding into the mainstream. Small fanzines and indie magazines with obscure circulations documented bands such as Blur, The Inspiral Carpets and Carter USM, one such magazine, Lime Lizard, gave Matt his first break, and he was able to photograph the early careers of bands such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana and others associated with the ’Grunge’ movement.

Matt began working for the major record companies, and took many memorable images of artists, as varied as Blur, Motorhead, The Orb, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and Napalm Death.

Matt’s style has been informed by such diverse influences as comtemporary artists such as Rothko and Dali and the great reportage images of the 1920’s and 30’s.

 

Blur (BU001MA)

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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Nirvana (NV001MA)

Nirvana

Nirvana photographed in a stairwell at the Astoria, London in November 1991.

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Pearl Jam (PJ001MA)

Pearl Jam

Outside the Hilton Hotel, St John’s Wood. I didn’t know who they were, but the lead singer came to the front.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers (CP001MA)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis comes alive when you aim a camera at him, John Frusciante was stoned and subdued, a perfect combo!

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Sonic Youth (SY001MA)

Sonic Youth

This was taken outside a church at the bottom of Kensington Church Street. A front cover photo session of Sonic Youth for Lime Lizard mag.

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Featured Prints

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Madonna

Backstage at the video shoot for the hit single 'You'll See' shot in Spain, October 1995

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The Beatles

The Beatles having fun at Cliveden House whilst taking a break from filming the comedy, Help in May 1965.

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Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Marquee Club, London in March 1967

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The Ramones

Johnny Ramone’s super-fast ‘buzzsaw’ guitar had a huge impact on the punk scene and he could make a two-minute song sound like an epic.

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Bruce Springsteen

During the Born In The USA Tour at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, 1985.

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Bob Dylan

A very early set of images taken by Don for promotion of Bob Dylan's first album, titled 'Bob Dylan', released on March 19, 1962.

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The Rolling Stones

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians.

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Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone considers him one of the greatest singers of all time.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist & writer. He has been influential in popular music & culture for more than five decades.

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen (Nicknamed "The Boss") is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.

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Featured Collections

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Don Hunstein: In Focus

Celebrating the work of Columbia Records photographer Don Hunstein who has documented many of the 20th Century’s most important musicians.

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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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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Storm Thorgerson AV40

Storm Thorgerson AV40 or 'Alternate Versions 40' comprises of a series of images that are alternate versions of original album art.

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Rockarchive Edition 20

Rockarchive Edition 20 are very limited and unique editions of just 20 prints that are exclusive to Rockarchive.

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*Oasis DNA Exhibition: Manchester Central Library

An exhibition of iconic, personal and unseen images of Oasis taken by Jill Furmanovsky whilst working with the band during the mid-1990s.

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