Bryan Adams divides his time between music and photography. Many people are not aware of the latter case. In the late nineties 1959 born Adams became curious about making photographic self-portraits for his album covers, and so chose to pick up the camera himself. That serendipitous decision was the beginning of a successful photographic career, parallel to Adams’ impressive achievements as a singer, songwriter and producer.
Exposed Bryan Adams (Steidl, ISBN: 978-3869305004,$88) is a retrospective of Adams’ photography and features portraits of friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries, including Morrissey, Ben Kingsley, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Louise Bourgeois, Lindsay Lohan and Judi Dench.
“get addicted to …” had the chance to ask Bryan Adams two questions:
Bryan, most of photographers dream to have access to friends and colleagues like you have. Despite this private/close relationship to artists, do you plan your shoot ahead or does your portrait photography happen spontaneous?
Spontaneous is a good word, and the spontaneity happens once I’m working with the artist. However, everything else up to the moment we are together is a lot of organisation. it’s never easy to put shoots together, so much planning is involved, sometimes you really would not believe how many emails and phone calls it takes.
You’re also a Zookeeper for Dutch Celebrity Magazine Zoo. What does that mean exactly?
It means that even though I founded the magazine Zoo with Dutch editor Sandor Lubbe 10 years ago in 2003, my only participation is in making the art happen with photo-shoots. I’m not involved in the day to day running of the magazine.
This book, Adams’ first comprehensive monograph, ‘exposes’ not only unknown facets of his subjects but also the depth of Adams’ photographic faculty. The series had its premiere in Moscow after two years of preparation – Bryan Adams’ photographic works have been on display in Moscow since July 1, 2012. The tour will also be calling at Dallas, Vienna, Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Hamburg at the Crossover Showroom, London, Barcelona, Doha, and at other international places. ❚
© All copyright remains with photographer Bryan Adams.