|Associated acts||Pink Floyd|
Andy Earl is a British photographer, whose work has included photographing Duran Duran.
Andy Earl (1955-) has been at the forefront of music photography since he graduated. His first job was for the 1980s band Bow Wow Wow, which ended with him being arrested for showing the lead singer Annabella Lwin aged fifteen, artistically nude as a parody of artist Edouard Manet's Le Dejeuner l'Herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass) painting. The photograph was used on the band's Last of the Mohicans EP.
During Andy's student days he developed his flash and slow film technique, which creates a blur effect. This effect later led to him to create a music video for the Rolling Stones, completely out of stills using 2 Nikon cameras. This technique and the controversy surrounding the Bow Wow Wow incident were enough to kick start his career as he missed out the assistant stage, with such large quantities of work given to him by such acts as Prince and also Duran Duran's Rio album cover.
Other work has included taking photographs of Madonna and pictures for Cosmopolitan Magazine. He has also produced strong imagery for Pink Floyd's album covers, including the Delicate Sound of Thunder containing a man with light bulbs attached to his jacket, whilst another man is releasing doves and both look ready for a dual.
Andy recently offered several pieces of advise during a talk he held, firstly the History of Art is important like his parody of Manet's work, and this can be seen in many other photographers work especially that of early photography. To take risks but to also take a backup so if the risk doesn't pay off then you have a fall back point. To keep practicing to avoid getting rusty.