In November 2010, I embarked on a project to capture some of the faces behind famous British pop songs.
Focusing primarily on songwriters rather than recording artists (though there is some overlap), I was inspired by the idea of putting faces to names that, despite having been responsible for many millions of record sales, are often unknown to the general public.
We all know these songs, but most of us don’t know who wrote them and though there are so many different personalities, the thing that unites them — aside from music, obviously — is that they all have extraordinary stories to tell.
So far I have photographed 36 songwriters some of whom are lyrical/musical partnerships. Some of these faces are also household names — Gary Kemp and Marty Wilde, for example — though others, such as Les Reed OBE (‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘The Last Waltz’), Roger Greenaway (‘I’d Like To Teach The World to Sing’, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’), Geoff Stephens (‘There’s a Kind of Hush’, ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’) or Richard Kerr (‘Mandy’, ‘I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again’) are still largely unfamiliar to the many millions of people who can sing every word and note of their biggest hits.
People should have the opportunity to see the faces behind songs that are such a part of our pop cultural legacy.