Kevin Cummins (photographer)

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Kevin Cummins
Born
Manchester, England
NationalityBritish
Known forPhotography

Kevin Cummins (born Manchester, England) is a British photographer known for photographs of rock bands and musicians including Mick Jagger, Ian Curtis, Joy Division, Morrissey, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, George Clinton, Thomas Dolby, and David Bowie.

Career[edit]

Cummins studied photography in Salford.[1] He started photographing rock bands in the mid-1970s in Manchester.[2] Cummins had a 25-year association with the NME,[3] including 10 years as their chief photographer.[4] He has photographed numerous bands and musicians including Joy Division, Manic Street Preachers,[5] The Clash,[6] Sex Pistols,[7] R.E.M., U2, Patti Smith, Marc Bolan, The Smiths, Roisin Murphy, Oasis, Foo Fighters, George Clinton, Thomas Dolby, Michael Hutchence, The Stone Roses[8] and Buzzcocks. His images have been seen as a contributing factor in the rise of the Madchester and Cool Britannia scenes.[9]

Cummins was instrumental in establishing City Life,[10] Manchester's what's on guide and was a founding contributor to The Face, the influential style magazine where he won an award for Magazine Cover of the Year.[11]

Cummins's photographs have been used extensively in cinema and TV documentaries including Grant Gee's Joy Division and John Dower's Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop.[12]

In November 2009, Kevin was awarded an Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography award by the music industry website: Record of the Day.[13]

He worked extensively for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester when it opened in the late 1970s through to mid-1980s. He shoots regularly for the National Theatre in London, most recently Harper Regan and Mrs Affleck.[14]

A lifelong Manchester City supporter,[15] Cummins documented City's final season at Maine Road in the book We're Not Really Here

In 2015 Cummins was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Arts) by Manchester Metropolitan University

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1981 Stage StruckRoyal Exchange, Manchester
  • 1983 Rock Stars – The Orchard, Dartford, Kent
  • 1983 Access all Areas – Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • 1985 Silent FacesOldham City Art Gallery
  • 1986 Minor Characters – The Scott Gallery, Lancaster
  • 1986 Cummins 10 – The Cornerhouse, Manchester (Part of the Festival of the Tenth Summer[16])
  • 1986–96 The Way We WereWigan Heritage Centre
  • 1987 Salfordians – Viewpoint Gallery, Salford
  • 1994 Salfordians – Salford City Art Gallery
  • 2002 The Smiths and Beyond – Proud Central, London[17]
  • 2003 We're Not Really Here – Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester[15]
  • 2006 Arca: Joy DivisionPaul Stolper Gallery, London[18]
  • 2007 Score – Proud Gallery at Austin Reed, London
  • 2009 "The Crucial 30: Post Punk Liverpool" by Kevin Cummins at The Hard Day's Night Hotel Gallery, Liverpool[19]
  • 2009 MANCHESTER: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain. Photographs by Kevin Cummins – Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester[20]
  • 2010 MANCHESTER: SO MUCH TO ANSWER FOR … KEVIN CUMMINS at Spazio Gerra, Reggio Emilia, Italy[21]
  • 2011 Exemplar: Joy Division at Proud Gallery, London [22][23][24]

Work[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Smiths and Beyond (2002)
  • We're Not Really Here: Manchester City's Final Season at Maine Road (2003)
  • Juvenes (2007)[27]
  • Manchester: Looking For the Light Through the Pouring Rain. Faber & Faber, 2009.[28][29]
  • Joy Division. Rizzoli, 2010.[30]
  • New Order. Rizzoli, 2015.
  • Assassinated Beauty: the photos of Manic St Preachers. Faber & Faber, 2014.[31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rock can be a hard place - Media, News - The Independent". web.archive.org. 27 September 2009.
  2. ^ Cummins, Kevin. "Closer to the birth of a music legend". The Observer. 12 August 2007. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Photographer Kevin Cummins and Steven Wells honoured at music industry awards". 27 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Wilson: a portrait". www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ Cummins, Kevin. "Richey Edwards". The Observer. 14 December 2008. Retrieved on 3 February 2009
  6. ^ Savage, Jon. "Spit and polish". The Guardian. 24 September 1999. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  7. ^ "'My family were horrified': Unseen Sex Pistols photos to go on show in London". The Guardian. 8 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Kevin Cummins Stone Roses cover for NME".
  9. ^ "Biography of Kevin Cummins which appears on Red Eye's site" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Short biography on Vauxhall's Style Council website (takes quite a long time to load up)". Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Kevin Cummins". Rockarchive. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Kevin Cummins (III)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Record of the Day full list of 2009 awards". Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  14. ^ "NT : What's On : Productions : Mrs Affleck". National Theatre. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  15. ^ a b "Maine Road finale charted". 9 September 2003 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  16. ^ "cerysmaticfactory.info". www.cerysmaticfactory.info.
  17. ^ "Look back in angst". the Guardian. 6 April 2002.
  18. ^ "Paul Stolper Gallery". Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  19. ^ [1] New Statesman article by Kevin Sampson
  20. ^ "What's on in Manchester and Greater Manchester including Bolton, Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan". www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk.
  21. ^ "Fotografia Europea 2010, Reggio Emilia". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  22. ^ "Proud Galleries - Fine Art Photography". Proud Galleries.
  23. ^ "Daftar Situs Judi Slot Online Terbaik, Judi Bola". Igcplay.
  24. ^ "Photographer Kevin Cummins's best shot". the Guardian. 2 October 2011.
  25. ^ "Kevin Cummins (1953–), Photographer". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  26. ^ "Peter Blake Love Portfolio Archived 31 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine". Paul Stolper. Retrieved on 3 February 2009.
  27. ^ "Juvenes: The Joy Division Photographs Of Kevin Cummins - Record Collector Magazine". Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  28. ^ "Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  29. ^ "Kevin Cummins on Manchester music". The Guardian. 19 September 2009. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  30. ^ "Rizzoli website".
  31. ^ Nightingale, Jo (28 November 2014). "Assassinated Beauty: Photographs of Manic Street Preachers by Kevin Cummins : book review". Retrieved 9 September 2021.

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