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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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Sex Pistols (SP001BG)

Sex Pistols

Punk icon Sid Vicious reading MAD magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the Sex Pistols one and only US tour in January 1978.

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U2 (UT001LR)

U2

Bono from U2 performing live on their Joshua Tree Tour in Rotterdam, Holland in July 1987

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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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Björk (BJ004JF)

Björk

Björk captured in 1995 by Jill Furmaovsky

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Phish (PHIS001ST)

Phish

'I thought of improvisation as a large ball of string (a melody as yet unravelled)'. Cover art for Phish's 1997 album Slip Stitch and Pass

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Johnny Cash (CASH006DONH)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash at home on his ranch in San Antonio, Texas in 1960, he always wore black, because he identified with the poor & the down trodden

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

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Beatles, The

The Beatles

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Frank Zappa

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Elton John

Elton John

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison

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Ozzy Osbourne

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