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His Own Cocoon: Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn you may know because of his work with U2. For a long time he was the rock music photographer of choice. This article on the excellent Faded + Blurred is about his career and thoughts on photography

“Photography was the only thing that mattered in my life and I gave it everything.” – Anton Corbijn
Whether or not you know the photography of Anton Corbijn, you’ve undoubtedly seen his influence. As both a photographer and music video director, Corbijn helped to define the visual styles of bands like Nirvana, Joy Division and Coldplay, as well as U2 and Depeche Mode, with whom he has collaborated for more than two decades. Collaboration seems to be one of the hinge pins of Corbijn’s creative process, whether you point to his 35-year ongoing collaboration with Tom Waits, or the incredible body of work produced with Depeche Mode, which includes more than a dozen music videos, from the spaghetti-western inspired Personal Jesus to the tongue-in-cheek homage to 70s cinema, It’s No Good, in which Corbijn even cast himself in a cameo.  READ MORE

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