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John Robb will be in conversation with Michael Spencer Jones  on Friday night at the Louder Than Words music and books festival in manchester on the weekend on Nov 14/16

Michael Spencer Jones is one of the UK’s most influential rock photographers who was part of the team that created creating some of the most iconic sleeve art in recent British rock history.

Michael became interested in photography from an early age and developed a strong passion for the art whilst studying the great American portrait  photographers of the 20th century, photographers such as Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Outerbridge. He also became fascinated with surrealism and the work of Angus Mcbean and the ’pop art’ album covers of Hipgnosis, and these influences are evident in the imagery he created for Oasis and The Verve during the Britpop era.

Michael was accepted into Bournemouth & Poole college of Art to study photography & film, and during his time there frequently travelled to London to assist the accomplished advertising photographer Stak, in his Mayfair studio. It was here where he learned much of his craft.  He also became acquainted with Stak’s close friend, fashion photographer Terence Donovan, who encouraged him to pursue a career in photography.

After graduating from Bournemouth with a distinction, Michael moved to Manchester where he soon became involved in the ‘Madchester’ music scene. His first professional commission was to photograph the Stone Roses at Spike Island.  He met with Oasis in 1993 after Noel Gallagher had seen his photographs appear on the covers to the English rock band The Verve. he would go on to work on all the early oasis album and single covers- taking the photos and being part of the creative team.

As well as working within the music industry, Michael has captured many famous faces with his simple and emotive style of portraiture often using natural or available light to create an intimacy between the subject and viewer. It was using this style of portraiture that Michael produced his series of acclaimed portraits for the permanent exhibition ‘Children in War’ at the Imperial War Museum North.

More recently Michael has been working with the band The Horrors and has also just completed a 20th anniversary portfolio collection of out-takes from his iconic album cover Definitely Maybe, which will be released in early December 2014. The collection will include a large hardbound book of previously unseen photographs of Oasis recording their classic debut album, and some of the images featured in the book will be exhibited for the very first time during the festival.

Michael has worked closely with many clients including, The Times, The Guardian, Havey Nichols, EMI, Virgin Records, Parlophone, as well as numerous management companies and design agencies.

 

Tickets for this event or for the whole weekend are from Louder Than Words

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