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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

Queen (QN001JA)

Queen

Freddie Mercury onstage with Queen at the Brøndby Hallen, Copenhagen in 1977 on their A Day At The Races Tour

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City in February 1980 was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Bob Marley (BM002DC)

Bob Marley

Rare contact sheet by David Corio with a fantastic selection of images of Bob Marley performing in London in 1980.

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Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix after performing on Lulu's TV show in London in January 1969

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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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Featured Artists

Manchester Music

Manchester Music

Manchester is inextricably linked to its musical heritage. A city whose music is deeply rooted in its fabric

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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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Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

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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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AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. they have dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".

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Madness

Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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Contact Sheets Collection

Contact Sheets Collection

Our contact sheet collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

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Rockarchive Edition 100

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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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

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***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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