British photographer Angus (Gus) Stewart has been shooting professionally since the 1970s. As a hobbyist photographer, he got started shooting live concerts by top bands like The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Led Zeppelin. He followed The Nice (Keith Emerson) around the country, sleeping in railway stations.
The turning point in his career came in June 1973 when he was the only photographer who shot Paul Simon’s first solo concert in the UK. His photographs of that performance appeared widely in the music press. Then, taking his hobby seriously, he became a freelance photographer, eventually joining Sounds, a weekly music paper, from 1975 to 1980. He shot some of the first photographs of iconic Punk/New Wave groups including The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Jam, The Clash and The Police while many were still only backing bands. Later he toured with Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, covering their first reunion gig in Paris, in front of the largest crowd at the time estimated at a million people.
Gus is now a Redferns/Getty photographer and currently shoots shows.