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Steve Emberton

Steve Emberton

Born in Idaho, Steve Emberton joined the USAF at the age of 17 and a few months later he found himself stationed in England. The year was 1964. "England in the 60's was a great place to be," Steve recalls, "with so much happening in the music scene. I just couldn't get enough of it."

Having completed his tour of duty, Steve came back to the US for a few years but he always had a strong desire to return to England. He did in the early 70's. That's when he decided to make a career of photography. "From an early age I have loved taking pictures of just about anything but my true passion is photographing people. I had the desire but no formal training so I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I read every book and magazine I could lay my hands on to do with photography."

Steve worked avidly in his home darkroom and then about a year later he got his first break. A friend suggested he photograph a band that was scheduled to play in a local pub. A PR company saw the images and then arranged a photo pass to Don McLean's Hyde Park Concert. By chance Don’s manager asked Steve to take some shots of Don and the audience. “One of my images was used full page in a music paper, Melody Maker, and I was on the road to becoming a music photographer."

Steve later became the staff photographer for another music paper, Record Mirror. He also worked for the NME, Sounds and other music magazines, newspapers, record labels and PR companies. Over a 40-year career, Steve has photographed pop stars, TV personalities, politicians, actors and models. His work has appeared on album sleeves, in magazines, books, newspapers and on television. Rolling Stone selected a his shot of Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen for its "50th Anniversary Of Rock, Fifty Greatest Portraits" Issue (September 2004).

Recently Steve began digitizing his 70's music image archive, most of which had never been seen before. He has since offered these images for use in publications and for sale as limited edition prints.

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