Anton Corbijn

de Pury presents Anton Corbijn
de PURY Presents ‘Anton Corbijn’, a new exhibition launching 24 January, showcasing a special presentation of rarely seen photographs by eminent artist Anton Corbijn.
The Dutch photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and video artist is renowned for his black and white portraits of well-known creatives and musicians. Corbijn shoots with a slow shutter speed to capture gestures and movement in a unique style of photography that gives a raw edge to his subjects capturing both imperfection and personality. Starting in the late 20th century, his style of producing black and white photos using grainy film became an important part of our visual culture and is a technique that has been widely utilised since.
Corbijn began his career as a photographer of music in the early 70’s shooting local bands in his teenage years in the Netherlands before moving to London in 1979 to work for the British music magazine the New Musical Express (NME) as their staff photographer. He then shifted into capturing a wide range of creatives for other publications such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Vogue and for record sleeves, and was initially a regular contributor to cult magazine The Face. He made a swift move into making music videos as early as 1983 and has directed over 80 videos since with a number of musicians including Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Coldplay, Joy Division, U2 and Depeche Mode - the latter two being amongst his longest standing collaborations with their working relationships going back nearly 40 years. Corbijn moved later into directing feature films, his first movie being Control (2007). He then went on to direct major titles including The American (2010) starring George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film A Most Wanted Man (2014).
‘It’s true, I have worked across Fashion, Art, and Music, and there are a lot of things that maybe the public aren’t aware of… I’ve never really pushed the PR side, so it’s only friends of mine that often know the extent of work that I have done.
I was always very defensive about a lot of things… about the people I shot, the story behind the image… I want people to discover it themselves, and not to give away all the stories about the photographs. People want to know too much. The beauty with photography is that you, as a viewer, project your own thoughts onto a picture, make your own story, and you can’t if you know the exact story.’- Anton Corbijn
Kraftwerk IV/IV, Barcelona, 1981
Kraftwerk III/IV, Barcelona, 1981
David Bowie, Chicago, 1980
Kraftwerk I/IV, Barcelona, 1981
Kraftwerk II/IV, Barcelona, 1981
Miles Davis, Montreal, 1985
Jeff Koons (mask), New York, 2011
Christy Turlington, Dublin, 1993
Slash, Santa Fe, 1992
Johnny Depp, Paris, 2000
Iggy Pop, New York, 2003
Johnny Cash and Kate Moss, Nashville, 1994
Naomi Campbell (nude), London, 1993
Michael Stipe (sea), Miami, 1992
Dave Gahan (King Dave), London, 1989
Lucian Freud, London, 2008
Naomi Campbell, London, 1994
Nick Cave (boatman), London, 1996
Donatella Versace, Milan, 2004
Coldplay, Venice CA, 2013
Kate Moss, New York, 1993
U2, Èze, 2000
Patti Smith (camera), Paris, 2011
The Rolling Stones (masks), Toronto, 1994
Damien Hirst, Stroud, 2011
Model (white vs black), Los Angeles, 1991
Pam I, Los Angeles, 1990
Pam II, Los Angeles, 1991
Barbara II, London, 1990
Gerhard Richter, Cologne, 2010
Kylie Minogue, London, 1999
Rick Owens, Paris, 2018
Virgil Abloh, Chicago, 2019
Clannad, County Donegal, 1985