STEVE  JOHNSTON

R O C K  M U S I C  P H O T O G R A P H E R

About The Photographer

Spending my teenage years heavily influenced by rock music, I was obsessed with live performance imagery in magazines and on album sleeves and posters. During the 80's I was a massive fan of Iron Maiden and the photography of Ross Halfin, regularly sneaking a camera into gigs to try and grab my own pictures.

I began to take photography seriously in the early 90's, becoming official photographer for a local venue where I had the opportunity to shoot established acts from the pit for the first time. It wasn't long before I went on to study photography full-time and gained a HND and BA (Hons).

Whilst at University my photographs were being published in regional press and magazines and I was receiving commissions from bands, record companies and PR. For a while I had every intention of becoming a professional photographer, but that was never to be.

In 2009, after a nine year hiatus, I developed an appetite to combine my passions of live music and photography again. In a keen effort to re-establish myself, I had an image shortlisted in the 2010 NME Photography Awards, and in 2011 I won the Gibson Sonisphere Photography Competition.

I have had work published by the likes of Guitarist, The Independent, Metro, BBC, Evening Standard, Planet Rock, Guitar World, Classic Rock Society, Hysteria Mag (Australia), Digital Photographer, Impakter and used in publicity for artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Whitesnake, Black Label Society, Europe, Glenn Hughes and Michael Schenker.

"I have pics taken all the time and don't really rate them but yours are exceptional." - Rich Vernon (The Mission)

"Steve's pics always capture my moods .. and trust me, there are many!" - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

"Great shots. You're very good." - Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts)

"You take great rock 'n' roll pictures that really capture the vibe and excitement of a show." - Bernie Torme (Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan)