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. Martyn made album cover photographs for The Jam, Blondie, The Cure and others over the course of a 20 year career.
Martyn’s introduction to Queen came in 1975 via the PR at Elton John’s Rocket Records. Martyn explains “Elton’s manager John Reid had recently taken over the management of Queen, who had by this time become stratospheric. I had a good portfolio of images of the band playing live at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974, which Disc magazine had run as a cover story, so the management assigned me to photograph the band’s Hyde Park and Cardiff Castle gigs.”