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Michael Spencer Jones

Michael Spencer Jones is one of the UK’s best known rock photographers. His iconic photographs of Oasis, including the covers of their first three albums are some of the most recognisable images of the Britpop era.

Michael studied photography in Bournemouth before moving to Manchester at the very beginning of the ‘Madchester’ music scene, meeting Tony Wilson of Factory Records and photographing the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses among others. In 1993 his pictures on the covers of The Verve’s albums caught the eye of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and he was asked to photograph the then fledging band. So started a five-year relationship with Oasis that resulted in a vast catalogue of images.

Michael cites the influence of surrealism and in particular the work of the Hipgnosis design group in his approach to the medium and this is certainly evident in the record covers he has created. He has more recently been involved in a project to restore and colourise archival photographs, in particular of the Beatles.

“Oasis were the greatest people you could possibly wish to work with”