Anton Corbijn

Initials A.
Member of Society of Arts


Anton Corbijn (born in 1955) began his career in the early 1970s in Groningen by photographing musicians performing live. He soon became a portrait photographer, with Dutch singer-songwriter Herman Brood as his muse. He is known for his grainy, black-and-white images. After moving to London in 1979, he found international acclaim with his penetrating portraits of musical headliners such as Miles Davis, David Bowie and the members of U2. He singles out subjects whose originality appeals to him, from Gerhard Richter to Robert de Niro, from Nelson Mandela to Tom Waits, from Kate Moss to William Burroughs, and from Stephen Hawking to Frank Sinatra.

Corbijn has also designed album covers, posters, logos and stage sets. He has directed more than eighty music videos for such artists as Nirvana, U2, Johnny Cash and Depeche Mode. He recently took up film directing (Control, The American and A Most Wanted Man) and has worked with George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and other famous actors. In 2011, he received the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs.