HE’S photographed some of the world’s biggest music icons.
And now you can see U2, Elton John and Marsden’s Simon Armitage up close yourself.
Highburton music photographer Paul Crowther is exhibiting a collection of his work for the first time.
Stunning photographs of U2, the Kings of Leon and Elton John sit alongside portraits of Jarvis Cocker, Mark Ronson and Simon Armitage and will go on show at the GCL Framing and Gallery in Holmfirth.
Paul has spent the last five years in press pits at live gigs and taking portraits of stars from the entertainment world.
He said: “I’m a massive music fan, I love live music and going to gigs. My CD collection is massive, so mixing photography with music was a great opportunity.
“The music stuff doesn’t earn mega bucks but I pursue it because I love it.”
Paul is married to Danielle and has two daughters, Mollie, three, and one-year-old Susie. He studied at Batley Art College and assisted photographers before turning freelance and forming Revolver Photos.
He seizes every opportunity to snap some of the world’s biggest bands, but often finds he doesn’t have long to get the perfect picture.
“Live gigs can drive me potty sometimes,” he adds. “I get really excited when I get asked to take some photographs of a band, then you have to leave after the first three songs.
“Sometimes they don’t get going until midway through, but I make the most of every opportunity.
“I think with the celebrity culture and the paparazzi not everyone sees us photographers in the most pleasant light.”
Nevertheless, his collection features some of the biggest names in music – his personal favourite was photographing U2 in Cardiff back in 2009.
The 34-year-old added: “I grew up with them and am a massive fan. I wish I could have met them but took the opportunity when it came my way to be at the front of stage.
“I think I was looking at them trying to get a photograph which would look great on a wall in my house. I don’t work like all the other photographers who rattle the shutter a thousand times.
“I look for the perfect light and composition and get the arty shot rather than to appeal to the mass market.”
Paul has also been commissioned to take portraits, one of whom is Marsden-born poet and singer/songwriter Simon Armitage.
“He went to the same school as me, Colne Valley High School, and I’m a fan of his anyway. I saw him on TV once and I thought he seemed like a decent guy so sent his agent an email and he got in touch.
“I photographed him in Huddersfield and when I told him about the exhibition he asked which photograph I would be putting in of him. I said the one with the black background and he joked ‘I look like I’ve been out on the lash with the Happy Mondays’, but he’s happy with it.”
Icons Paul would like to photograph close up are Bono and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
“Keith would be amazing, he’s got so much character within him and his whole life is written on his face,” he added.
“There are moments when I look through the viewfinder and think to myself that I have the best job in the world and that feeling occurred many times whilst I was taking these portraits.”
See Paul’s mix of music and portrait exhibition, entitled ‘For three songs only’ and ‘I’d be happy to’, at the GCL Framing and Gallery, Towngate, Holmfirth, from November 12-26 10am-5pm.