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Michael Putland

Michael Putland is an English music photographer who "never had a day off in the ‘70s". He has photographed thousands of artists, literally from Abba to Zappa. Born in 1947 at Harrow-on-the-Hill near London. Encouraged by his uncle, he began shooting at age nine, and upon leaving school at sixteen he started work at a London studio where he assisted in advertising, fashion and architectural photography.

Michael was privileged to work with Louis Klementaski, the Legendary motor racing photographer, during this period. After briefly assisting Time/Life photographer Walter Curtain, he decided to go out on his own, sharing a studio with two friends and eventually securing work with the music magazine 'Disco & Music Echo'.

His first assignment was Mick Jagger. He went on to photograph John Lennon and Elton John, among others, before moving to 'Sounds' magazine and contributing photographs of the biggest names in music. He began to travel extensively and worked for most of the major record companies, especially CBS, Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, Polydor, RCA and EMI. Michael relocated to New York in 1977, where he continued his record company and editorial assignments, shooting artists as diverse as Billy Joel, The Clash and The Bee Gees.

Whilst in New York he founded the photo agency Retna and after returning to London in the early eighties, he opened the London branch and continued to shoot mainly musicians, including Madonna and George Michael.  Although his current work is still predominantly portraiture, his sitters are likely to be classical, jazz or world musicians and lifestyle subjects.

 

 

Beatles, The (TB001MPUT)

The Beatles

John Lennon and Yoko Ono In the White Room in Ascot, 1971 where the classic video clip for ‘Imagine’ was shot

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Eric Clapton (EC001MPUT)

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton during a sound check for his USA Tour in Philadelphia, 1974

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Pink Floyd (PFLO001MPUT)

Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett with Pink Floyd at the International ‘Love In’ Festival at Alexandra Palace in Summer 1967

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AC/DC (ACDC001MPUT)

AC/DC

Angus Young from rock band AC/DC onstage during their 'Back in Black' UK Tour in 1980.

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Cure, The (CURE001MPUT)

The Cure

Robert Smith of The Cure in Brazil in March 1987

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Siouxsie Sioux (SS001MPUT)

Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux, from Siouxsie & The Banshees, relaxing in London in 1980

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Bob Marley (BM001MPUT)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley at the Island Records office, London in July 1975

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Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Peter Tosh (BMRSPT001MPUT)

Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Peter Tosh

Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh. Backstage after the Rolling Stones concert at the Palladium Theatre, New York 1978

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Clash, The (CL004MPUT)

The Clash

Iconic image of The Clash taken by The Piers, New York in 1978

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David Bowie (DB002MPUT)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing live at Earls Court, London on May 14th, 1973

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David Bowie (DB003MPUT)

David Bowie

David Bowie at his home Haddon Hall, Beckenham, Kent, UK, 1972

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David Bowie (DB004MPUT)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing live at Wembley Arena 1976

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Led Zeppelin (LZ001MPUT)

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin performing at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA 1977.

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Led Zeppelin (LZ002MPUT)

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin performing at Earls Court, London 1975

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
 performing at the Bath Festival 1970.

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Madonna (MN001MPUT)

Madonna

New York 1984

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Marc Bolan (MB001MPUT)

Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan of English glam rock group T-Rex, holding Mike Putland's Nikon camera on the tour bus during a four-date British tour, June 1972

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Paul McCartney (TB002MPUT)

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney recording in studio, London 1974

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Prince (PC001MPUT)

Prince

Prince performs at a small London club (after his show at Wembley Arena), London 1986

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Queen (QN001MPUT)

Queen

Queen rehearsing for their first major tour
. North End Road, Fulham, London July 1973

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Rolling Stones, The (RS003MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performing ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ with water & rose petals during their European Tour, Berlin 1973

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Rolling Stones, The (RS004MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger with the Rolling Stones performing in Glasgow, 1973

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Rolling Stones, The (RS005MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performing in Philadelphia, USA 1981 “you all right at the back?”

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Rolling Stones, The (RS006MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, New York, USA 1978

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Rolling Stones, The (RS007MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood (hidden), video shoot, New York, USA 1978

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Rolling Stones, The (RS008MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, tour bus, Scotland 1982

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Rolling Stones, The (RS009MPUT)

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones by a barn door at his home in Upstate New York after his famous drug arrest in Toronto, 1978.

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Tom Waits (TW001MPUT)

Tom Waits

Tom Waits walking on Portobello Road, London, 1976

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Who, The (WH002MPUT)

The Who

The Who
, Rainbow Theatre, London 1971

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Who. The (WH001MPUT)

The Who

Pete Townshend throws his guitar live whilst The Who perform at Madison Square Gardens in the US, 1979.

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White Stripes

The White Stripes give an electric performance on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2002

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