Anton Corbijn, is probably the most famous Dutch photographer and an acclaimed film director known for his defining work with artists and bands like Depeche Mode, U2, Nirvana, Nick Cave, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. His iconic visuals for these bands, including album covers and music videos, have left an indelible mark on their image and popular culture.
His early career took shape in Groningen, photographing concerts and musicians, leading to his first publication in a music magazine. This serendipitous start ignited his passion for music photography, eventually leading to an enduring relationship with iconic rockers like Dutch legend Herman Brood.
Anton’s formal education at an art academy didn’t materialize as he hoped, but his path found direction at the MTS for Photography in The Hague. He later found his own voice by photographing the emerging punk scene, embodying its rebellious spirit.
In the late ’70s, his artistic journey led him to London, where he spent five years working for the New Musical Express (NME). His work was soon featured in international publications like Rolling Stone, Harpers Bazaar, ELLE, and W.
His approach to photography transcended mere documentation. Anton believed in connecting with the musicians and their music to capture their essence authentically. He became an integral part of U2’s inner circle, nearly becoming one of the band members.
Anton Corbijn’s artistic journey continues to inspire and challenge the boundaries of photography and filmmaking. His debut film, “Control” (2007), a biopic of Ian Curtis, the Joy Division frontman, received critical acclaim, earning accolades at the Cannes Film Festival. His multifaceted career spans decades and transcends genres, making him a true visionary in the world of photography and cinema.
Anton Corbijn is represented by Merman.