U2’s announcement to play a series of concerts in the Summer of 2017 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree will have fans licking their lips with anticipation.
Anton Corbijn’s cover photograph from U2’s Joshua Tree album is one of the all-time classic LP cover photographs. It was taken by Corbijn in December 1986 at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, California. This was a three day photo-shoot around the Mojave desert, with Anton and the band staying in small hotels. The idea of the shoot, taken on a panoramic camera to show more of the desert background, was to juxtapose “man and environment, the Irish in America.”
As The Edge said in a recent interview on the subject of the 2017 tour:
“That’s the thing about The Joshua Tree. It’s a very broad, CinemaScope kind of record. At the time we were thinking about it in cinematic terms. I mean, so much of the photography that goes with the album, the scope was cinematic.”
This large format panoramic photograph was released by Anton Corbijn in a signed limited edition of just 15 examples worldwide. It is a physically imposing piece measuring 63 x 143 cm (overall framed size.) As you might expect for an image of this importance, and only offered in such a restricted edition, all 15 sold out on the primary market.
Happily, we have an example. If you are interested in securing this important photograph for your collection please get in touch.