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50 most beautiful NME photos of the decade

  • Paula Gillespie won in the Professional category for her portfolio of portraits. Judge Pennie Smith said her work was "beyond photography, totally painterly and totally evocative."

    Photo: Paula Gillespie

    Added: 02 Nov 2010

  • MIA, Tom Oxley, 2010.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 22 Dec 2010

  • We're looking back at some of our favourite rock n'roll portraits of the past 10 years. This was taken as part of a White Stripes cover shoot around the release of 'Elephant', February 2003. Picture Director Marian Paterson recalls: "Straight after this creepy shot, all the equipment exploded and we freaked out!" Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Nicki Minaj, Photographer Tom Oxley, 2011.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • The Raconteurs (left-to-right Brendan Benson, Jack White, Patrick Keeler, Jack Lawrence), May 2006. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Beady Eye, Photographer Andy Whitton, 2011.

    Photo: Andy Whitton

    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Liam Gallagher, photographed in a Christ-like pose for the Easter edition of NME, 2002. Pic: Perou

    Photo: Peru

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Klaxons, February 2007. The crystal ball and third eye were inspired by the title of their single at the time, 'Majick'. Pic: Ellis Parrinder

    Photo: Ellis Parrinder

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Gallows, Danny north, 2010.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • The Futureheads on Santa Monica Beach, California, May 2005. Pic: Pamela Littky

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    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Cancer Bats, Photographer Dan Dennison, 2010.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • The Strokes, Photographer Pieter M Van Hattem, 2011.

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • Zola Jesus, Photographer Pamela Littky, 2010.

    Photo: Pamela Littky/NME

    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • Kings Of Leon pose for a 'Fannish Inquisition' (ie readers' questions) cover shoot, 2003. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Patrick Wolf, Photographer David Edwards, 2011.

    Photo: David Edwards/NME

    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • Lily Allen, photographed for the 2006 NME Cool List. She came third that year, behind Faris Rotter of The Horrors, and Beth Ditto, who came out on top. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • The Horrors, shot for the cover of NME in August 2006, when they'd only released a couple of low-key singles. The shoot was inspired by Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' video. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Tyler, Photographer Tom Oxley, 2011.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 26 Apr 2011

  • Florence And The Machine, Photographer Tom Oxley, 2010.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • Annie Hardy from Giant Drag, photographed for an NME feature in 2006. Pic: Pamela Littky

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • My Chemical Romance in their hometown in New Jersey, posing for an NME cover feature, January 2007. Pic: Pamela Littky

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • The Kills, Photographer Ed Miles, 2011.

    Photo: Ed Miles/NME

    Added: 12 Apr 2011

  • Marilyn Manson, pictured in September 2004. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Arctic Monkeys, Photographer Ed Miles, 2011.

    Photo: Ed Miles/NME

    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • Plan B poses for his Radar new band piece, east London, July 2007. Pic: Ed Miles

    Photo: Ed Miles

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • CSS photographed for a Radar piece in New York, June 2007. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Bloc Party photographed in their north London rehearsal studio, February 2007. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pose outdoors in San Francisco, 2005. Pic: Pamela Littky

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Amy Winehouse backstage at KOKO, north London, November 2006. Pic: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Devendra Banhart's first shoot for NME, in his apartment in New York, 2005. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Kasabian, Photographer Andy Whitton, 2009.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • Meg White in Paris for a White Stripes NME cover shoot around the release of 'Get Behind Me Satan', 2005. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • The Gossip's Beth Ditto. November 2006. This shot was inspired by a famous picture of Mama Cass. Beth also appeared on the cover naked, in a different pose. Pic: Andy Fallon

    Photo: Andy Fallon

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Franz Ferdinand in a New York recording studio, June 2005. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Jack White, 2005. Marian Paterson recalls: "We bought this cape and top hat to Paris for the shoot. Jack loved them and wore them on stage that night." Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 15 Dec 2009

  • Noel Fielding photographed for a Mighty Boosh cover feature, 2008. Pic: Ed Miles

    Photo: Ed Miles

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • PJ Harvey with a cup of tea, around the release of 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea', 2000. Pic: Kevin Westenberg

    Photo: Kevin Westenberg

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • NME photographer Dean Chalkley won Portrait Photographer of the Year at the Picture Editors' Awards with this shot of Noel Gallagher.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Babyshambles on a video shoot, 2006. Pic: Phil Wallis

    Photo: Phil Wallis

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • We Are Scientists at home in New York, August 2005, the year they did the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour with Arctic Monkeys and Maximo Park. That really is their cat. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Comedy buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost recreate the iconic Libertines album cover, February 2007. Pic: Roger Sargent

    Photo: Roger Sargent

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Muse in their specially built, 'eco-lodge' recording studio, September 2009. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • The Libertines in Dickensian garb, shot for the Christmas issue, 2003.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 17 Dec 2009

  • Ian Brown and Jay-Z, October 2009. Shot in a suite at the Dorchester Hotel in London - the two stars even had their own butler looking after them. Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 30 Sep 2009

  • Mike Skinner in his Miami Vice phase, shot for the cover of NME, west London, March 2006. Pic: David Ellis

    Photo: David Ellis

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LA, March 2009. She's wearing a 'KO' bespoke studded leather jacket, designed by Christian Joy. Pic: Pamela Littky

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Scarlett Johansson poses in photographer Dean Chalkley's leather jacket and shades, New York, 2008.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Pete and Carl shot backstage for NME at their Tap'nTin gig in Chatham, straight after Pete had been released from prison. This iconic shot later became the cover of their self-titled second album. Pic: Roger Sargent

    Photo: Roger Sargent

    Added: 17 Dec 2009

  • Carl Barat launches Dirty Pretty Things with an NME cover shoot, Soho, December 2006. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Oasis' last ever covershoot for NME as a band, October 2008. Pic: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon of The Good, The Bad And The Queen pose for an NME cover in a graveyard near The Clash's old stomping ground of the Westway in Notting Hill, December 2006. Pic: Ellis Parrinder

    Photo: Ellis Parrinder

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • The Libertines on their second NME cover shoot in 2002. Baby-faced Pete insisted on wearing Photo Director Marian's leather jacket for the shoot - and ripped it. Pic: David Ellis

    Photo: David Ellis

    Added: 16 Dec 2009

  • Studio shot of Morrissey in LA in 2004. Pic: Hamish Brown

    Photo: Hamish Brown

    Added: 17 Dec 2009

  • Kaiser Chiefs live in 2007. Pic: Danny North

    Photo: Danny North

    Added: 17 Dec 2009

  • Glasvegas pose for their debut NME cover in New York in 2008. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Added: 17 Dec 2009

  • Biffy Clyro pose for their first ever NME cover shoot in the Hollywood hills early in 2009. Pic: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Added: 07 Jul 2009

  • NME photographer Danny North had exclusive onstage access for the whole Metallica set at Leeds Festival 2008. Soon after this shot, Lars spat a bottle of water over him! Pic: Danny North

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    Added: 24 Mar 2009

  • Kate and Bobby, 2007. Kate Moss presented the NME Godlike Genius award to Primal Scream at the Shockwaves NME Awards. Pic: Ellis Parrinder

    Photo: Ellis Parrinder

    Added: 17 Dec 2009