Photographer Kevin Westenberg is famed for his creation of provocative and electrifying images of world-class musicians, artists and movie stars for over 25 years. His technique of lighting, colour and composition has helped to produce his own unique visual style. Interestingly, for a man renowned for his dramatic colour portraits, Kevin thinks in black and white.
Shortly after receiving an Architecture degree he moved to London where he’s been based since 1983. Westenberg is self-taught and learned his trade working for New Musical Express and Melody Maker mainly throughout the late 80’s and 90’s documenting amongst others the UK Britpop bands. The breakthrough came in 1993-1994 with the release of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales and Mary J Blige’s Share My World. These two album covers changed the perception of Kevin’s work worldwide and thus began a run of 20 years of commissions and great opportunities.
For the last 25 years, his musical heritage includes portraits of BB King, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, White Stripes, Jane’s Addiction, Sting, Bjork, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Luther Vandross, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Roses, The Pixies, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Stipe, U2, Mary J. Blige, R.E.M, Black Sabbath, Massive Attack, BB King, The Rolling Stones, PJ Harvey, Marilyn Manson, Pete Doherty, Oasis, Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Bon Jovi and Coldplay among many others. Also included are hundreds of album, single, magazine and book covers from all over the world.
Spend some time with his beautiful photographs and you will see why we are huge fans of his work.