For almost twenty years, Lawrence Watson, has had unparalleled access to photograph Paul Weller. You’ll see his work on most of Paul Weller’s albums and singles, and his photographs documenting the first few years of Paul’s solo career were published in the 1995 book ‘Days Lose Their Names And Time Slips Away’. It all started for Lawrence in the late 1980’s, as the Style Council were approaching the end of the road. Lawrence made the cover photograph of their final studio album, Confessions of a Pop Group, and hasn’t stopped since.
Perhaps his most instantly recognisable image is the silhouette of Paul Weller strumming his guitar in a doorway with a dappled summer scene in the background, used on the cover of 1993’s Wild Wood.
When you look carefully at Lawrence’s photographs, you could be forgiven for thinking that Lawrence wasn’t actually there, as Paul is so relaxed, natural, oblivious to the camera. That doesn’t happen by accident – it’s all about Lawrence’s skill with a lens and how he makes his subjects feel. It means that the viewer gets that magical feeling that they are right there too.
In addition to his Paul Weller archive, Lawrence has worked with many other important musicians including The Smiths, Ian Brown, Morrissey, and more recently, Oasis.
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