The biggest names in rock music photographed by the great Paul Harries

Over the past 30 years, Rock ’n' Roll lensman Paul Harries has established himself as one of the world’s finest music photographers – but it all started at the Bank of England

The world of rock’n’roll has many unorthodox entry points – garages, church halls, ads in the newspaper – but it rarely, if ever, begins at the Bank of England. That is unless your name is Paul Harries.

Formerly a bank clerk at the BoE, Harries’ break came when he applied for the official photographer position for the venerable institution… He didn’t get the role, but it did inspire him to pursue his passion for photography. As an avid music fan, he first started taking pictures at the legendary Marquee Club in Soho (now defunct) before he got his first paid gig at Kerrang! in 1989.

Fast forward 28 years and Harries is not only the lead lensman for the famed UK rock magazine, but he is also one of the most celebrated photographers in the music industry, particularly respected for his cinematic portrayal of iconic rock bands such as Nirvana, Slash, Metallica, Muse, and Iron Maiden.

Harries’ dynamic photography lends itself to the theatre and energy of the rock world. It’s no surprise he attracts performers who play up to the camera, and those who have powerful stage presence. Not many photographers have been invited into the world of Slipknot, after all. 

Access All Areas: Photographs by Paul Harries runs from 9 March-23 May at Proud Camden. For more information, see proud.co.uk