U2, Bono, ‘Live at Manchester Apollo’ © Stephen Wright at Proud Galleries

U2, Bono, ‘Live at Manchester Apollo’

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© Stephen Wright
Manchester, U.K. 1993
Fuji crystal archive lustre finish photographic paper print hand signed by the photographer
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

This photo of Bono was taken live on stage during U2's 1983 tour. ‘This was one of U2's first big tours, but well before they became a stadium band. Bono had a very strong stage presence despite the mullet haircut. I'm a photographer lucky to have photographed music icons, not an iconic photographer of musicians.’ Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright, from Reading, bought his first camera at 21 from the £40 he won on a premium bond. By 1983 he was taking live pictures of Manchester bands like The Smiths for music magazines and record companies. These days his body of work sits as part of the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Salford Art Gallery. All rather funny when the original film for The Smiths was processed in a bedroom-darkroom, with the chemicals kept in old drinks bottles.

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