A life behind the lens

A fascinating collection of music photographer Lawrence Watson's work, The World Is Yours (£25), has just been released in conjunction with Adidas's 60th anniversary this year.

The book represents the decades Watson has spent at the musical frontline. As an NME staffer, he spent time in the US during the early years of hip-hop, capturing the legends of the burgeoning scene including Run DMC, LL Cool J and Public Enemy.

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He got perhaps his biggest break when he approached Paul Weller with his portfolio, persuading him to abandon the existing artwork for The Style Council's Confessions Of A Pop Group album and going on to become a long-time collaborator.

As you flick through a collection that also features the likes of David Bowie, Bobby Womack, Oasis, Blur and Morrissey, it's not just the incredible access Watson has enjoyed that comes through but a sense of genuine interaction with his subjects, no doubt helped by the fact that in many cases he was the man they actively wanted to be photographing them."It's all about trust," says Watson. And a bit of talent as well.

An exhibition of Watson's work runs until this Sunday, June 7, at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

For stockist enquiries, call 020 7739 6002

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Paul Weller at home in Woking in the early Nineties