• Germany edition
 
Intimate Bryan Adams photos 'exposed'
Photo: DPA

Intimate Bryan Adams photos 'exposed'

Published: 04 Feb 2013 14:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Feb 2013 14:16 GMT+01:00

Adams picked up his first six-string during the "Summer of '69", but he was only bitten by the photography bug in the 1990s. After starting out taking pictures of family members and friends, he began creating his own album covers and eventually moved on to portraits of other famous musicians including Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson.

His photograph of the Queen Elizabeth's golden jubilee in 2002 was later even selected to appear on a stamp in his native Canada. He also helped fund the glossy German magazine Zoo, for which he still occasionally shoots.

"It is very easy to write songs, but it is also very difficult to write good songs," the 53-year-old told reporters at the press opening of his new exhibition the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf on Friday. "I think it’s the same with photography. It is quite easy to take pictures, however it is difficult and demanding to take great photographs."

The show highlights work from Adams' new book "Exposed", which includes 150 portraits taken over the past 12 years. But alongside slick pics of celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Adams has also photographed British servicemen wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He recalled how one of his subjects, an 18-year-old soldier, agreed to come to the studio accompanied by his father despite his horrendous war injuries. "The boy lost both his arms and legs on duty away from home, but his spirit was still very much intact," Adams said.

"His father, however, became deeply emotional during the shoot. It was an experience which I will never forget."

Click here to see Bryan Adams' pictures

Adams also reflected upon his time spent with the late Amy Winehouse, whom he photographed on six different occasions.

"I think she trusted me. The photographs really show her having fun on set. They portray her as she really was," he said. "Some time after the shoot, Amy called me, asking me to send some of the pictures to her husband who was in prison. I think I was closer to her than many people."

The musician-turned-photographer also had kind words for his Rhineland hosts, lamenting that he wouldn't be around for long.

"Unfortunately, I won't have time to experience the Karneval here," Adams said, referring to the festivities kicking off this week. "I've been coming to Germany for 35 years, and it is kind of like a second home to me."

The Bryan Adams exhibition “Exposed” will be shown at the NRW Forum from February 2nd to May 22nd before touring museums around the world.

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

16:10 February 4, 2013 by Northernsoul
Goodness me! Germany has always, produced and continues to produce outstanding photographers. Surely exhibition space could cover white walls without having to give the nod to this bland at best, drab at worst, poorly lit, uninspiring collections of famous friends. Its crap! Urgh!!!
Today's headlines
Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims
Floral tributes were laid on Tuesday at the new Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims

A 24-metre blue glass wall in Berlin has been unveiled to commemorate the systematic murder of up to 300,000 mentally ill and disabled people under Adolf Hitler. READ  

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees
Migrants aboard an Italian navy patrol vessel in April 2014. Photo: DPA

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Tuesday pledged support for his Italian colleague in the struggle to manage refugees trying to reach the European Union via its southern coast. READ  

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week
Elephant Nelly takes part in the ice bucket challenge in a Lower Saxony safari park. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week

The coffers of the German Society for Muscular Disease (DGM) are overflowing with donations thanks to the viral craze for videos of donors dousing themselves with ice-cold water. READ  

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict
The GRIAT will open in the Russian city of Kazan. Photo: Shutterstock

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pressing ahead with its German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) against a backdrop of international tensions over Ukraine. READ  

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw
Photo: DPA

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw

Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace fellow Bayern Munich player Philipp Lahm as captain of the German national football team, head trainer Joachim Löw said on Tuesday. READ  

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'
Christine Haderthauer at her resignation press conference in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'

Christine Haderthauer, head of the Bavarian state chancery, resigned “with immediate effect” on Monday evening over the so-called “model car scandal” in which her company sold scale models built by a man convicted of three sexual murders. READ  

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck
President Gauck stands shoulder to shoulder with President Komorowski of Poland in Gdansk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa
The facade of the Bad Reichenhall Royal Spa Hotel.

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa

The Bavarian finance ministry has demanded a report from the company running a publicly-owned spa in the town of Bad Reichenhall after they rented the property out for a fetish party. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,412
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd