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tony mottram

Back in the 80s/90s I lived in Camden Town which was the hub for advertising photographers and colour processing labs, where I had the luxury to start my professional photographic career as an advertising photography assistant.

I started working in a studio where my boss Ralph Hall was super cool and encouraged me in my career development and introduced me to Jill Furmanovsky who I showed my early gig imagery and a few published photos.

Jill needed a hand with one of her first studio sessions when she rented Ralph's studio and I was asked to assist on the day and the full story is in Jill's book, 'Moments'.

Jill knew Melody Maker were looking for a new freelance photographer and I was introduced. So that was when my career really started taking off. Camden Town was the place to be!

In 1992 I was working for RAW Magazine and could walk to the Underworld from my flat. This shot of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell has just been used as a t-shirt design by and will be in production very soon.

Last week I was most fortunate to be in London again at the Underworld with a great Irish band Stormzone who were on the road with Saxon and had a gig opening for A Pale Horse Named Death. To some it seemed an unlikely match of acts but the Stormzone NWOBHM sound and fantastic upbeat performance opened the evening on a high and if doom and gloom were what you had come to see it was a great way to bring yourselves down to.

Well it took the Pale Horse guys back to their NWOBHM roots as they told Harv and the band after the opening set. Look out for Stormzone and hopefully my day's images will be up on their web pages in the next few weeks.

It was good to be back in my old stomping ground and shooting in the Underworld again!

Till next time Rockers!




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Limited edition art prints are available on Tony's site by clicking here. Tony is also happy to speak with anyone who needs images...



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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