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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

Bob Marley (BM002RF)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley relaxing with friends and family after a show in Houston, Texas in 1976

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Fats Domino (FD001RF)

Fats Domino

Fats Domino performing at the Texas Opry House, Houston in November 1975

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Bjork, London 1995 by Jill Furmanovsky. Available for sale.

Björk

Contact sheet from photo shoot of Björk taken by Jill Furmanovsky in Primrose Hill in 1995

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Kate Bush (KB001MBR)

Kate Bush

Kate Bush onstage performing her classic ballad 'The Man with the Child in His Eyes' at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.

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Keith Moon (MOON004JDMA)

Keith Moon

Keith Moon with Oliver Reed on the set of Tommy in early 1974.

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Clash, The (CL001LR)

The Clash

Joe Strummer (lying on floor) & Mick Jones performing live onstage on their 'Sort It Out' Tour at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

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Featured Artists

David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Matt Helders, and Nick O'Malley.

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Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges.

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PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

British musician PJ Harvey was a distinctive voice in the early-'90s alternative rock explosion.

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Referred to as rock music's 'Prince of Darkness', Nick Cave's music is characterised by emotional intensity & a wide variety of influences.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis were an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band have sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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