John McMurtrie

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John McMurtrie (born 1969) is an award-winning British music photographer. He is well known for his striking portraits of musicians, usually in the heavy rock arena. He regularly shoots covers for Metal Hammer magazine and Total Guitar magazine[1] and also contributes to Rolling Stone (USA) and Q magazine (UK).[citation needed]

He is the official photographer for Iron Maiden[1] and author of the book Iron Maiden: On Board Flight 666, a behind-the-scenes photo documentary. It includes photographs taken during the Somewhere Back In Time Tour (2008–09) and The Final Frontier Tour (2010–11) aboard the band's custom Boeing 757, Ed Force One.[2] A presentation of the book was held from 5 to 31 August 2011 at the British Music Experience at the London O2.[3]

On 20 November 2014, the paperback version of On Board Flight 666 was published by Orion.

On 29 March 2012 at the 2011 Professional Photographer of the Year awards, McMurtrie won the Best Portfolio award and was runner-up for News Editorial Photographer of the Year.[4] He was a runner-up for News Photographer of the Year in 2011[citation needed] and was nominated for the 2012 Terry O'Neill award.[citation needed]

He was listed in Professional Photographer magazine's "100 Photography Heroes" 2013 special issue.

He is an ambassador for Manfrotto's School of excellence.[citation needed]

He was a guest speaker at 'the Photography Show' 2014. The 'Super 7' on the Super Stage were Joe McNally, Rankin, John McMurtrie, Terry O'Neill, Colin Prior, Steve McCurry and Michael Freeman.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b McCormack, Sean (20 January 2009). "Lightroom News Interview: John McMurtrie, Music Photographer". Adobe Lightroom News. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "More info on 'On Board Flight 666' - coming October 2011". 24 June 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive Pictorial Preview Of The Forthcoming Book Iron Maiden 'On Board Flight 666'". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 shortlist announced". Professional Photographer. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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