Project Description

Martyn made album cover photographs for The Jam, Blondie, The Cure and others over the course of a 20 year career.

Martyn-and-debbie-polaroidAfter a period assisting acclaimed photographer Gered Mankowitz, Martyn Goddard became a regular face on the New Wave music scene of the seventies and early eighties. This was an era of LP picture discs with serious budgets requiring creative photography. Photographing acts such as Blondie, The Jam, The Cure, Sham 69, Ian Dury, and Toyah lead to commissions from Queen and Elton John’s Rocket Records in the rock mainstream.

While working for the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, You and Sunday Times Magazine in the 1980’s Goddard shot portraits and features with recording acts such as Genesis, U2, Jethro Tull, UB40 and Wham, progressing to portraits of great writers, artists, actors and politicians. A period of working with Wham in the late 1980’s, including their groundbreaking tour of China, closed a chapter of life within the music business.

Martyn went on to work for Car magazine, creating new techniques of automotive and travel photography.

Exhibitions featuring Martyn Goddard

Golden Faces

1 July 2015 to 8 August 2015

Golden Faces showcases Martyn Goddard’s photographs of The Jam taken between 1977 and 1980.