East London born Andrew Cotterill is a Photographer with a genuine passion and engendered affinity with his subject matter. His work for Q Magazine, Mojo, Spin, Sony Style, NME, Big Issue and Dazed & Confused has taken him from court photographer of the mid-90's drum 'n' bass explosion to the expert eye on Jamaica's dancehall renaissance. His eye now being on the British Grime and hip-hop scene as well as others.
Andrew's, association with music runs true and deep - his passage into photography was a natural progression from his passion of the 80's club and warehouse-party scene. Andrew's entry into magazines came, suitably enough, with pictures of Public Enemy’s Chuck D for Dazed & Confused. In the years since he has chalked up images of personal heroes ranging from Sly & Robbie to John Peel, to Lee Scratch Perry, amongst an ever-growing catalogue of prolific names featuring the likes of Robert Plant, Arctic Monkeys, Vivienne Westwood, Jarvis Cocker, J Hus, Kanye West, Johnny Marr, Black Keys, Chase & Status, Outkast's Andre 3000 and the Converse-booted Strokes to name but a few..
Having shot the Arctic Monkeys back in 2006, near their hometown of Sheffield; Andrew was proud to be invited back again to shoot the band. This time for the prestigious cover of Mojo Magazine, in anticipation of the release of their sixth album 'Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino'. From a band just out of their teens adjusting to their new found stardom, to a fully-fledged international in-demand rock band, Andrew has managed to capture the strength of the band at both these pivotal points with extraordinary ease, creating iconic imagery along the way.
It's this roots-up trajectory that makes Andrew as comfortable capturing proud, posturing Wall Street wiz-kids in the New York Stock Exchange, introverted filmmakers like Mike Figgis, Wim Wenders and Lars Von Trier, or catching hip hop's hardest off-guard and off-duty in Sylvia`s Harlem soul food establishment. Which emerging movement his astutely guided lens lands on next is anyone's guess but no-doubt it will be charmed into revealing its essences right.View Andy Cotterill's rock photography