VaultWorks has released a collection of rare and never before seen images of musical icons.
Artists featured include pre-robot helmet wearing Daft Punk (pictured), Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, David Bowie, Prince, Grace Jones, Jay-Z, Rihanna, 50 Cent and Kanye West. The photographs are taken by Phil Knott, Tim Bret-Day and Derrick Santini.
Phil Knott’s photo of Daft Punk (see in full below) was shot in Paris in 2000. The photographer said: "The idea behind the shoot was to create a cartoon style feel of characters peaking around a corner. They're wearing rubber bank robber masks here but you can just about make out their faces."
The below photo of David Bowie was taken by Tim Bret-Day in 1999, as Bowie prepared to become the first major artist to make an album available for download before physical releases with his album ‘Hours’.
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“It was a call that came absolutely out of the blue. I was sitting at home watching television with my wife when Bowie rang. I thought it was someone doing an impression at first because he’s got such a distinct voice. I kept asking who this was whilst he was laughing, and this went on for about 5 minutes. I was sure that someone was playing a joke" said Tim Bret-Day.
Limited edition fine art prints are being sold, with 25 per cent of sales proceeds being donated towards supporting the entertainment industry through the economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight for racial justice.
This will come through donations to The Recording Academy’s affiliated charity MusiCares and to Color of Change. The former has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry, and the latter is a 1.7 million member strong group campaigning for an end to injustice against Black people in the US.
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Head to VaultWorks’ website for further details and to purchase prints. See a selection of the images and some accompanying photographer quotes below.