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Ian Dickson

is one of the most notable rock photographers of the 1970s. Ian was raised in a Scots shipbuilding town on Glasgow’s western border. In 1963—just as the Beatles found fame—his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England, where he caught the photography bug. A chance meeting with the manager of Newcastle’s leading concert venue in 1972 launched his lifelong career as a professional music photographer.

Ian’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Sounds, New Music Express, Q, and is on display as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent collection. In 1994, a selection of his work was shown at the MTV Awards in Berlin, at the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace and at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and Copenhagen.

Ian now lives with his wife Shoko, son Louis, and daughter Koyuki in the English south-coast seaside town of Brighton, where he is taking life at a more leisurely pace. He is concentrating on marketing his back catalog online and in galleries around the world—an exercise he regards as “phase two” of his rock music photography career.


Featured Works

Selected Media

Tracing the lost London venues that helped launch Amy Winehouse, Hendrix and punk
New Exhibition Celebrates 40 Years Since the Birth of Punk
Filth and fury: Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, the Clash and fans – in pictures
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Photo-punk: 40 images from the birth of punk
How the Ramones became punk pioneers
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