For many creative teenagers, being a music photographer is the dream job. Not only do you get to spend most of your time taking pictures but you get to follow your Rock idols around on tour just waiting for something exciting to kick off.
For the second in its Visual Identity series, the British Music Experience (housed in London’s The O2 Arena) has invited music photographer Paul Slattery to talk about his career capturing momentous moments from Rock history.
Slattery took his first photography at the Lyceum in 1975 – when he should have been at home studying for his school exams. A chance meeting with Lemmy from Motörhead propelled his career forward, and he went on to photograph Punk greats The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones.
Slattery photographed the Smiths, and the Stone Roses for album artwork, defining to look of the mid eighties and nineties. He also spent a year on the road with Oasis and survived drinking sessions with Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motörhead. I wouldn’t have wanted to be around for those hangovers.
Rock Photography with Paul Slattery is on 17 February at British Music Experience, The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10.