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Jack White's Career In Photos

By Rebecca Schiller

Posted on 30 Jan 12

 
 

As Jack White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss', heads for Number One, here's a photo tribute to the freakishly talented former White Stripes man.
Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

A youthful looking Jack White poses for the NME camera. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME





To celebrate the return of the musical genius, we're taking a look back at some of our favourite shots of Mr. White, through the lenses of NME's cameramen. We've been shooting The White Stripes from the very beginning, and put them on the cover before they'd even had any proper features. NME Photo Director Marian Paterson immediately saw great potential in their style and aesthetic and Jack's taken part in all manner of exclusive photo shoots for us. She says of working with the band:

We've always had a close relationship. Jack and the Stripes have always been my favourite band to work with due to Jack's strong visual aesthetic and understanding of how important image is in music. Dean's elephant head shot is still my all time favourite image I've produced in my ten years here. And it was an accident, the head fell on the floor!


Here's some of our fave pics, featuring a variety of bands and a whole host of brilliant outfits and sets, spanning the globe and the last decade.

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Jack and Meg pose for a picture in Mexican Town, Detroit in 2001 (where Jack grew up and once lived with Meg). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

The following year, the duo geared up to release 'Elephant' - hence the huge elephant in the room. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

A snapshot from one of The White Stripes' 2002 gigs. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



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This 2001 photograph was taken in Jack and Meg's attic studio, where Jack self-produced and recorded all of their early albums and taught Meg to play the drums. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

'White Blood Cells'-era Jack White. That record saw the release of one of the band's most successful tracks, 'Fell In Love With A Girl'. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Meg and Jack headlining Glastonbury Festival 2002. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

In 2002, Jack and Meg recorded 'Elephant' in the span of just two weeks. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

NME named 'Elephant' the 18th greatest album of the noughties. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Jack White at a 2002 show. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

Jack and Meg in their living room in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Although Jack and Meg married each other in 1996, they told the public they were brother and sister. The couple divorced in 2000. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

This photo was taken in 2003 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

The White Stripes playing live in Mexico in 2005. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Jack and Meg play dress-up for their 2005 'Get Behind Me Satan' photoshoot in Paris. Jack loved the top hat NME got him so much that he kept it and wore it on stage that night. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

In June 2005, Jack White married model Karen Elson. The two first met on the set of his 'Blue Orchid' music video. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Jack takes Meg for a spin on stage at London's Alexandra Palace in 2005. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Jack poses with mates Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (aka The Raconteurs) in 2005. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Jack playing live in 2007, the year he and Meg released their sixth studio album 'Icky Thump'. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

'Icky Thump' debuted on the UK Albums Chart at No. One in 2007. This photo was taken in Nashville, where the album was recorded. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

During the duo's 'Icky Thump' tour, they played all 10 provinces of Canada for the first time. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Unfortunately, in 2007, they had to cancel 18 of their tour dates (including their UK shows) due to Meg's anxiety issues. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Jack and Meg with some Chelsea pensioners in 2007. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

In 2009, Jack formed The Dead Weather with Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME

The Dead Weather play Coachella Festival 2010. Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME



Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME

Jack White performing with The Dead Weather at Glastonbury 2010. Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME



Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

NME caught up with The Dead Weather for a 2010 photoshoot. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME

In addition to playing in several bands (and now having a solo music career), Jack White also runs his own indie label, Third Man Records, which is based out of Nashville. Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME



Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME

Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



 
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