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tony mottram

Back in the 80s/90s I lived in Camden Town which was the hub for advertising photographers and colour processing labs, where I had the luxury to start my professional photographic career as an advertising photography assistant.

I started working in a studio where my boss Ralph Hall was super cool and encouraged me in my career development and introduced me to Jill Furmanovsky who I showed my early gig imagery and a few published photos.

Jill needed a hand with one of her first studio sessions when she rented Ralph's studio and I was asked to assist on the day and the full story is in Jill's book, 'Moments'.

Jill knew Melody Maker were looking for a new freelance photographer and I was introduced. So that was when my career really started taking off. Camden Town was the place to be!

In 1992 I was working for RAW Magazine and could walk to the Underworld from my flat. This shot of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell has just been used as a t-shirt design by and will be in production very soon.

Last week I was most fortunate to be in London again at the Underworld with a great Irish band Stormzone who were on the road with Saxon and had a gig opening for A Pale Horse Named Death. To some it seemed an unlikely match of acts but the Stormzone NWOBHM sound and fantastic upbeat performance opened the evening on a high and if doom and gloom were what you had come to see it was a great way to bring yourselves down to.

Well it took the Pale Horse guys back to their NWOBHM roots as they told Harv and the band after the opening set. Look out for Stormzone and hopefully my day's images will be up on their web pages in the next few weeks.

It was good to be back in my old stomping ground and shooting in the Underworld again!

Till next time Rockers!




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