To act in the spotlight is often a masquerade, an elaborate facade, a carefully orchestrated show. So, photographs of musicians, artists and cultural icons are just images of the surface. Really? Not at all! Shimmering through the raw graininess, spontaneous blurring, and sharp contrasts of Anton Corbijn’s pictures are moments of deep vulnerability and personal closeness: fleeting, multifaceted, and endlessly fascinating nuances of intimacy. Over the last four decades, his portraits have defined the public image and visual identity of, mostly very well known, personalities. But how is it possible to create these instants of personal authenticity in the context of the culture industry, with its calculated idealization and self-marketing? For Anton Corbijn, more than any other photographer, the answer lies in developing close relationships with artists and sustaining them over long periods of time. He shoots outdoors and often the surroundings, minimal as they may be at times, play an important role in the final image.
In Control est un livre à propos du film Control, un biopic sur la vie du chanteur de Joy Division, Ian Curtis, réalisé par l’incontournable photographe Anton Corbijn.