IOCN - muic through the lens

IOCN - muic through the lensFor anyone with a love of music and photography, ‘Icon: Music Through The Lens’ is a new 6 part documentary series, which blasts off on Sky Arts on November 6th. It aims to take viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography.

Having had a preview of the first episode ‘On Camera’ I assure you it’s a magical journey, with the worlds best-known music photographers, including glimpses into their techniques, tales of life on the road, the making of album covers, how the iconic images were created and how photos become iconic, with added commentary from musicians about their favourite photos and photographers.

The first hour long episode features iconic photos of Kurt Cobain, The Beatles, Madonna, Oasis, Jimmy Hendrix and more. I would argue that this is the first major documentary series on music photographers and how their work should be classed as fine art. There is also music aplenty throughout and the photographs are all stunning in their own right.

Acclaimed music director Dick Carruthers, who has worked with a vast range of artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Beyonce, White Stripes, Oasis, Paul McCartney and Black Sabbath to name only a few have teamed up with series curator, Executive Producer and legendary music photographer Gered Mankowitz and Executive Producer Andy Saunders to take an intimate look at this fascinating medium using iconic images that defined entire genres and eras.

Just some of the 50 photographers interviewed alongside Gered Mankowitz about their work in music include Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachel Wright, Deborah Feingold, Baron Wolman Neal Preston, Roger Sargent, Dean Chalkley, Tom Sheehan, Pooneh Ghana, Michael Zagaris, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch and Rankin to name but a few.

Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don and Dizzee Rascal and many others.

At last, a program which gives a serious platform for music photographer to speak about their work. Music and photography have always gone hand in hand and if anyone else tells you any different then they are deluded.

Cheese Film & Video & Eagle Rock Films presents ‘ICON MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS’ in association with SKY ARTS & FILMRISE
For Cheese Film & Video Executive Producers ANDY SAUNDERS, GERED MANKOWITZ with Producer LISA DOWNS
For Eagle Rock Films Producer PETER WORSLEY
Executive Producers For Film Rise GOETZ GROSSMANN, VLAD WOLYNETZ
For Sky Arts JACK OLIVER For Eagle Rock Entertainment GEOFF KEMPIN
Series Producer and Director DICK CARRUTHERS
©2020 Cheese Film & Video / Eagle Rock Entertainment Limited

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Editor: live reviews/books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. Age doesn't define me, but it has given me lots of music experiences - northern soul 1975 - early punk movement - drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life. The punk DIY spirit enabled me to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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