23 August 2012

Corio Chats about music

BOB Marley, The Fugees, Grandmaster Flash and Eric B and Rakim are just a handful of musicians David Corio has got in front of his camera.

An exhibition, 'One good thing about music' at Chats Palace, displays more than 30 stills from the acclaimed photographer's almost inexhaustible collection.

He began his professional career in 1978 taking photos for NME, moving quickly to iconic publications like The Face, Time Out, Black Echoes and national newspapers. A child of the 1970s, many of his photos follow stars at the dawn of hip-hop and punk movements as well as other musicians at the height of their powers.

Corio has chosen to display black and white images because most of the photos were taken in the pre-digital 80s; for speed of processing and to keep costs down, music magazines would avoid commissioning colour shots.

For him, James Brown was the most memorable when he met him backstage in 1985. After reportedly giving him the run around all day 'we finally met him he was sat wearing red rollers in his hair'. The singer then told David he would throw the camera out of the window if he took any photos before agreeing to photographs for a minute before going on stage.

He added: "I didn’t expect him to take that literally though. He promised I could do backstage portraits after the show and after he had his hair done again he proceeded to time me. I had to persuade him to remove his mirrored shades and to lower a rose he was holding up to his face and got one decent portrait. After 60 seconds exactly I was escorted out of the dressing room."

One good thing about music runs until 28 October at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DF. For more, visit: www.davidcorio.com

A still of the The Fugees by David Corio

A still of the The Fugees by David Corio

A still of the The Fugees by David Corio

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