Album covers by Top Photographer: ANTON CORBIJN


Anton Corbijn , in the world of photography, there are certain individuals who transcend the boundaries of their craft, creating a lasting impact through their unique vision and artistic prowess. One such luminary is Anton Corbijn, a Dutch photographer and filmmaker renowned for his exceptional ability to capture the essence of his subjects. With a portfolio that spans several decades and encompasses a diverse range of genres, Corbijn has firmly established himself as one of the world's most influential photographers.


Born on 20 May 1955, in Strijen, the Netherlands, Corbijn initially pursued a career in music journalism before realizing his true passion lay behind the camera. He gained recognition in the late 1970s and early 1980s for his distinctive black-and-white portraits of iconic musicians, particularly those within the burgeoning punk and new wave movements. Corbijn's ability to connect with his subjects on a personal level allowed him to capture their essence in a way that resonated with both the artists themselves and their fans.

One of Corbijn's most significant early collaborations was with the influential British band Joy Division. His iconic photograph of lead singer Ian Curtis, taken shortly before Curtis's tragic death in 1980, has become an enduring symbol of the band's legacy. Corbijn's ability to convey vulnerability and emotion through his images added a new dimension to music photography, elevating it from mere documentation to a form of art in its own right.

Corbijn's work extends far beyond the realm of music, with his evocative portraits of actors, directors, and other cultural figures capturing their innermost thoughts and emotions. His unique visual style, characterized by a careful use of light and shadow, often in monochromatic tones, adds a depth and intensity to his photographs, creating a sense of intimacy between the viewer and the subject.

Throughout his career, Corbijn has collaborated with some of the most influential figures in popular culture. His long-standing association with Irish rock band U2 has resulted in a series of iconic album covers and music videos that have helped shape the band's visual identity. Corbijn's ability to capture the raw energy and charisma of performers such as David Bowie, Tom Waits, and Patti Smith has made him a sought-after photographer in the world of music.

In addition to his photography, Corbijn has also made a name for himself as a filmmaker. He directed a number of critically acclaimed music videos, including Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence". In 2007, he made his feature film debut with "Control", a biographical film about Ian Curtis and Joy Division that received widespread acclaim for its artistry and emotional depth.

Corbijn's contributions to the world of photography have not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the prestigious Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of photography. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, solidifying his status as a true master of the medium.

Beyond his artistic endeavors, Corbijn is known for his humility and down-to-earth nature. Despite his success, he remains dedicated to his craft, constantly seeking new ways to challenge himself and push the boundaries of his creativity. Whether photographing world-famous musicians or ordinary individuals, Corbijn has an uncanny ability to capture the humanity that resides within each subject, revealing their inner complexities and vulnerabilities.

Visit: Anton Corbijn his lens captures raw essence like no other, making him a true master of photography. Explore his timeless vision that has shaped decades of art

ART OF NOISE - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise 12" Vinyl LP
ART OF NOISE - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise  album front cover vinyl record

This album explores unconventional soundscapes. Its standout track, "Close (To the Edit)," exemplifies the group's ability to blend complexity and catchiness, making it a timeless influence on music

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Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas 12" Vinyl LP
Gruppo Sportivo / Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas album front cover vinyl record

Nederbeat, Nederpop

The album cover design for "Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" was created by Young and Ugly, while the photography was done by Anton Corbijn. Anton Corbijn, is a well-regarded Dutch photographer

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CRAMPS - Psychedelic Jungle 12" Vinyl LP
CRAMPS - Psychedelic Jungle  album front cover vinyl record

It was self-produced by The Cramps. The back photo on the cover of the album was taken by noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn.

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FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS - S/T Self-Titled  album front cover vinyl record

The collaboration with renowned photographer Anton Corbijn for the album cover photography added a visual dimension to the release. Corbijn, known for his work with iconic musicians, provided a visual identity

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METALLICA - Load ( 1996 ) 12" Vinyl LP
METALLICA - Load ( 1996 )  album front cover vinyl record

According to publicly available sources, photographer Anton Corbijn shot the cover art for Metallica's album "Load" as well as directed the music videos for the singles "Fuel" and "Until It Sleeps"

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PROPAGANDA - p:Machinery / Frozen Faces ZTT ( 1985 ) 12" Vinyl LP
PROPAGANDA - Machinery / Frozen Faces ZTT ( 1985 ) album front cover vinyl record

Renowned photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, known for his work with iconic artists, lent his artistic vision to the project. The cover art, featuring a captivating painting by Corbijn,

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U2 - Joshua Tree 12" Vinyl LP
U2 - Joshua Tree  album front cover vinyl record

"The Joshua Tree," U2's 1987 masterpiece produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, remains an iconic reflection of the late '80s. It features Anton Corbijn's striking cover photography.

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U2 - The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl LP
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire  album front cover vinyl record

Anton Corbijn's iconic artwork adds visual mystique. Amid the 1980s music landscape shift, the LP's tangible format enhances the immersive experience, solidifying its status

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U2 - War 12" Vinyl LP
U2 - War  album front cover vinyl record

Anton Corbijn's photography, alongside Ian Finlay's, visually enriched the album's thematic depth. "War" not only propelled U2 to international acclaim but remains....

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U2 - With or Without You / Lumionous Times / Walk to the Water 12" Vinyl LP
U2 - With or Without You / Lumionous Times / Walk to the Water album front cover vinyl record

"With or Without You" is the song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album's first single on 21 March 1987.

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YELLO - 1980-1985 The new Mix in One Go 12" Vinyl 2LP
YELLO - 1980-1985 The new Mix in One Go album front cover vinyl record

Anton Corbijn's visually captivating photography complements the avant-garde ethos, making it a timeless relic. Together, they create an immersive experience

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