When luck meets skill meets fate, you have Dennis Morris. This video goes behind the camera to learn more about the photographer, the icon, who captured so many legendary moments. A lover of music — he started his own punk band, at one point — he shares key moments of his life at the intersection of music and photography.
“As a genre-defining image-maker, Morris has a reputation for being in the right place at the right time,” the video explains. “When aged only eleven he took a photo of a PLO leader that would end up in the British newspaper the Daily Mirror. At sixteen, he snapped an image of Bob Marley that would become the reggae artist’s unofficial court portrait. Later stints would see him capturing the likes of the Sex Pistols and Marianne Faithfull. In this candid portrait of the epochal photographer, Morris opens up about his motivations, influences and aesthetics. Born in the London borough of Hackney, Morris was deterred by school career advisors from pursuing photography. However, by age seventeen his images adorned the covers of Time Out and Melody Maker, leading to long periods—and close friendships—with the likes of Sex Pistols’ frontman John Lydon, with whom he scouted Jamaica to sign young reggae artists to Richard Branson’s Virgin Records label.”
To understand this man’s career and get an insight into his life, you can watch the whole film here:
It’s amazing to think that this artist, now so synonymous with the music industry, wanted to be a war photographer. But, as his work shows, he ended up right where he needed — and where we needed him — to be.