Peter Anderson’s early work records a rarely-seen alternative 80s. Working closely with his subjects – many of whom have since become household names – his photographs capture the energy of an era when music, fashion and politics first collided. It is a time that is still deeply influential today.
Then and There, Here and Now includes portraits – some never before seen – made while Anderson was a staff photographer at New Musical Express. The subjects represent a who’s who of music, including Madonna, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Tom Waits, Run DMC, Marvin Gaye, Paul Weller and Blur’s Damon Albarn. A young Bono stands with fists raised, ready to take on the world as it turned out. The Clash’s late Joe Strummer gazes intently into the lens in a haunting portrait taken on London train tracks.