Wham!, George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, ‘The First Session, Contact Sheet’

Wham!, George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, ‘The First Session, Contact Sheet’

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© Brian Aris
London, U.K. 1983
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘Wham were seen as the pioneers of 80’s cool, casual-looking sportswear era, introducing a fresh Italian designer sportswear look often referred to as the ‘Centre Court Get-Up’. This unique style was all about youth culture and tanned, sun-bleached glamour, featuring designer labels such as Fila, Diadora and Sergio Tachini. Quickly adopted by their fans, the look was a world away from the Punk rock anti-glam posturing that had previously dominated the late 70s and early 80s British music scene.’ Brian Aris

‘I first met George in 1983 when he came to my studio with Andrew Ridgeley to be photographed as ‘Wham’. In an era when boy bands were destined to be succesful, a due seemed very unliklely. Another Simon and Garfunkel? I doubted it. How wrong I was!’ Brian Aris

Brian Aris began his photographic career as a photojournalist, working for a London agency. A series of frontline assignments took him around the world covering various humanitarian crises from Northern Ireland and Lebanon to Palestine, Africa and Vietnam. He then decided on a complete change of direction and opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines. Next he turned away from the model world to concentrate on the music industry that was exploding in Britain and gradually broadened his studio work to include pop and rock stars.

Brian Aris has covered every aspect of the music scene from punk rock, glam’ rock and straight rock ‘n’ roll to the emergence of the boy bands and then the girl power. His photography has been on show at The National Portrait Gallery in London, the prestigious Recontres D’Arles exhibition in France, and at the Royal Circle of Art in Barcelona. His archive represents one of the largest individual collections in the United Kingdom.

National Portrait Gallery
The Times
Harpers Bazaar
Wall Street International Magazine
Volta Cafe
King’s Road Rock
It’s Nice That

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