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The Canadian Bryan Adams counts undoubtedly internationally to one of the most important rock musicians. But that Bryan Adams is also a gifted photographer is not (as yet) widely known. In addition to his passion for music, his love of art—and of photography in particular—has grown over the past few decades.
With the exhibition Bryan Adams – Exposed, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will show a comprehensive cross-section of the Canadian’s best works. This will be the first time this collections goes on display in Germany.
‘The subjects of my first film, in the mid 1970s, were concert photos of the Beach Boys, parking lot walls, my girlfriend in the bathroom, my Mom, my piano, just everyday things, but exactly the things I could see around me.’ says Adams
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Over the years, the subjects of Adams’ photos changed. Numerous friends, celebrities, and super stars posed for him including Amy Winehouse, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rourke in the bathtub, or Dustin Hoffman wearing a suit and fishing in the sea. In 2002, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s golden jubilee, he was selected to make a portrait of the queen. The resulting photo later appeared on a Canadian stamp.
The most important series of works, however, is one group of British soldiers who have been hardly wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. This intimate side of the "Faces of War" impressed by an unsuspected ease in without loosing the seriousness.
Bryan Adams website: bryanadamsphotography.com
A film by Ralph Goertz
filmed with AF 101 / ARRI LWZ