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Adrian Boot is one of Britain’s best-known music photographers. After completing university studies in 1970 he moved to Jamaica to teach physics. Then he returned to Britain to freelance for the NME, Melody Maker, The Times, The Guardian, and The Face. By the mid-1970s Adrian had become staff photographer for The Melody Maker.
Adrian has been chief photographer for Live Aid; for Nelson Mandela – Freedom at 70; for Roger Waters' The Wall in Berlin; for Greenpeace in the Soviet Union. Adrian has also worked with ORBIS, the flying eye hospital, in Africa; the British Council in Iraq and Jordan; for the Grateful Dead in Egypt; and for Island Records in Jamaica, Colombia, Algeria, Nigeria and many other parts of the world.
Adrian’s books include “Babylon on a Thin Wire” and “Jah Revenge” (both with Michael Thomas). Other books with collaborator and friend Chris Salewicz are: “Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom”; “Firefly: Noel Coward in Jamaica”; “Midnights in Moscow: in the USSR with Billy Bragg”; “Punk: History of a Music Revolution”; and “Reggae Explosion: The Story of Jamaican Music.”
Adrian has curated and produced various exhibitions and events, including Songs of Freedom – The Bob Marley Exhibition; The Ultimate Experience – The Jimi Hendrix Exhibition; The Punk Exhibition; and The Island 50 exhibition.
Adrian currently is working on new exhibition projects, electronic books and various educational projects with the World Photography Organization. He continues to travel throughout India, Asia, Africa and Jamaica, searching for and promoting positive images of the planet and its people. He also runs an online photo agency.