Sunderland photographer snaps music stars

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A WEARSIDE photographer who has snapped some of the biggest names in music, is launching an exhibition of his work.

John James Addison, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, has spent almost 15 years working in the music scene, covering rock and pop concerts across the country.

Band photographer, John James Addison will be holding an exhibition of his work.

Band photographer, John James Addison will be holding an exhibition of his work.

From New Wave band Blondie to former Take That star Robbie Williams, the 41-year-old has built up an impressive collection of work.

“My personal favourites are Kula Shaker, which I shot in black and white,” he said. “It was my very first live music photograph. The other is the Robbie William’s shot that a lot of people have commented on.”

The exhibition in Newcastle will also feature photographs of The Kooks, Editors, The Hives and Muse.

“One of the photographs in the exhibition has a bit nostalgia to it as it was photographed in the now-demolished Newcastle Mayfair about 15 years ago,” he said.

“Since then, I’ve gone on to photograph Blondie, Lily Allen, Biffy Clyro and many more.”

The dad of two, who works as a full-time photographer, has seen his work published in top music publications, which are sold around the world.

“I started doing live music photography in 1998 and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be so close to so many famous musicians,” he said. “I have covered music for various magazines in Newcastle and London.

“I also have contacts with NME and Mojo magazines.”

The six-week exhibition will take place at The Cluny, in Ouseburn, Newcastle, from September 24.

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