Published on September 28th, 2016 | by LTWF0
Michael Spencer Jones
Michael Spencer Jones is renowned for being one of the UK’s most interesting and influential rock photographers responsible for creating some of the most iconic sleeve art in British rock history.
He became fascinated by photography from an early age and developed a strong passion for the art whilst studying the great American photographers of the 20th century; photographers such as Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Outerbridge. He also became interested in surrealism and the ’pop art’ album covers of Hipgnosis; these influences are evident in the imagery he created for Oasis and The Verve during the Britpop era.
Michael studied photography & film at Bournemouth & Poole college of Art and during his time there frequently travelled to London to assist the accomplished and flamboyant advertising photographer Stak, in his Mayfair studio. It was here where he learned much of his craft. He also became acquainted with Stak’s close friend, fashion photographer Terence Donovan, who encouraged him to pursue a career in photography.
After graduating from Bournemouth with a distinction, Michael moved to Manchester where he soon became involved in the ‘Madchester’ music scene, meeting Tony Wilson of Factory Records and photographing the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses amongst others. He met with Oasis in 1993 after Noel Gallagher had seen his photographs appear on the covers to the English rock band the Verve
As well as working within the music industry and creating meticulously planned photographs, Michael also considers himself to be a serious portrait photographer and has captured many famous faces with his simple and emotive style of photography often using natural or available light to create an intimacy between the subject and viewer. It was using this style of portraiture that Michael produced his series of acclaimed portraits for the permanent exhibition ‘Children in War’ at the Imperial War Museum North.
Michael has recently published Supersonic – The Oasis Photographs – published by Omnibus Press, an in depth book looking at Michael’s photography and work with the band. His imagery of Oasis is inextricably linked to their visual identity and you can probably imagine the covers to Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? without reading further.
He joins us in conversation SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER, 11.30am. All tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h2zc5xl