Bryan Adams’ Journey into Photography
In the nineties Bryan Adams became curious about making photographic self-portraits for his album covers, and so chose to pick up the camera himself. That serendipitous decision was the beginning of a successful photographic career, parallel to Adams’ impressive achievements as a singer, songwriter and producer. Bryan Adams Exposed (Steidl, 2012) is a retrospective of Adams’ photography and features portraits of friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries, including Morrissey, Ben Kingsley, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Louise Bourgeois, Lindsay Lohan and Judi Dench and many others. The book, Adams’ first comprehensive monograph, “exposes” not only unknown facets of his subjects but also the depth of Adams’ photographic faculty. His second book Wounded-The Legacy of War (Steidl, 2013), is a document to the many wounded British soldiers returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wounded is departure from fashion and celebrity of Exposed, in its uncompromising honesty revealing the severity of war and its human cost.
Adams co-founded the fashion magazine Zoo, published in Germany, and has worked for many international magazines including Interview, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, and British and German Vogue. Adams’ photographic exhibitions include those held at the Saatchi Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany, and most recently at the Musée National des Beaux-arts in Quebec, Canada.