|02-16-2005, 08:10 AM||#1|
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(02-16-2005) Shooting U2 -- U2.com*
Tens of millions of U2 fans are intimately familiar with his work, even if they don’t know his name. Anton Corbijn is responsible for all the most iconic images of U2 from an Irish castle in 1984 to a French airport in 2001- and all points in between.
Since being sent to New Orleans to photograph the band for UK music paper NME in 1982, Anton has shot U2 in dozens of locations and at hundreds of shows. ‘I don’t know how many sessions I have done with them, ‘ he says. ‘Maybe a hundred. I have no idea how many shots I have taken.’ That no modern rock photographer and band have a comparable relationship is abundantly clear with the publication of ‘U2 & I’, a weighty photographic record of 400 shots which documents two decades in the life of U2. ‘I started thinking about doing the book in 1995,’ he recalls. ‘But I was deterred by the amount of work it would involve. At the time I had only been working with them for 13 years.’
If the oldest images dateback to 1982 and New Orleans, the most recent feature the band in Lisbon in 2004 and provided the cover image for ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’. On the eve of publication, U2.Com spoke to Anton about the book, the band and his ‘special relationship’.
Below are highlights of the members-only interview. Visit U2.com for the complete interview.
U2.Com: What’s so special in the relationship between you and the band ?
AC: There is a love for each other and also a wanting for the other party to do better. U2 have pushed me into doing things I was reluctant to do and they have been open to my mistakes, open to my development. So, for example, the development from The Joshua Tree to Achtung Baby came about because Bono knew what I was doing with Depeche Mode at the time - all my colour stuff – and he was really supportive of that. And with my mistakes, he was always looking at it as an experience to learn from and in a sense we both grew up.
U2.Com: Do you have a similar relationship with any other subject ?
AC: Every subject is unique, but when I worked with Depeche Mode, although for a much shorter period, it was far more intense - not only taking photographs, but designing record sleeves, logos, t-shirts, videos, I even designed the stage show.
REM I have also worked with for a long time, and the German artist Herbert Grönemeyer and Tom Waits also. But with all of these it is different to my relationship with U2, that is only comparable to the relationship I had with the Dutch musician Herman Brood in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. I was lucky enough to make sure that Bono and Edge met up with him, he died three years ago, and you will see in the back of my book there is also a thank you to him - working with him was the blueprint for with working with U2, I felt how good it was to work with the same people for a long time.
U2.Com: How have the band members changed as subjects over the years?
AC: In the early days people were not sure of the roles they had in photographs but it is now obvious that Bono takes the leading role and there is always this guy called Edge doing something to balance things out. Edge is very subtle. Bono makes grand statements but Edge balances that. Adam and Larry are almost givens, they know what they look like. Adam is very reliable, although there was period when he was less reliable – when he was always smirking - but now he is very much more an an elder statesman. Larry always looks like a gym teacher, he looks too good, but he has a nice maturity now, as well as the young look. They all look incredible when you remember what they have been through.
|02-16-2005, 08:28 AM||#2|
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Can't wait to read this! Or look at the pics, rather!!
|02-16-2005, 09:39 AM||#3|
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Look at pictures is more like it... I ordered mine but I don't have it yet...
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