On show now (for free!) at East London’s Londonewcastle gallery, Blur 21: The Exhibition collects over 70 images of the band spanning their entire career. In this one, they pose in the stairwell of the EMI building in homage to The Beatles’ Red and Blue albums.
A still from the Parklife video shoot on the Greenwich peninsula, which took place in August 1994. Actor Phil Daniels is on the far left. “This shot because it shows that they didn’t take themselves too seriously – Alex wouldn’t be wearing that tracksuit otherwise,” says photographer Paul Postle.
Shot by Kevin Cummins, a photographer better known for his pictures of Manchester bands Joy Division and The Smiths, this photo finds Damon defacing a Clacton-On-Sea wall with the name of Blur’s 1993 album.
Photographer Paul Postle captures the band looking moody in the mid-’90s. “Blur were always easy to shoot and worked with me to get the best results,” says Postle. Work that pout, Damon!
Guitarist Graham Coxon gets big air in Brighton. “It’s hard not to get a good photograph of Graham live,” says photographer Paul Postle. “His passion and energy always form the basis of exciting images.”
Alternate versions of the Blur logo created by designers Stylorouge. The band’s famous logo has been used consistently since 1990’s debut single She’s So High.
A young Damon Albarn enjoys a nice cuppa. The singer became a fan of green tea on later visits to China. “I think if we drank tea without milk or sugar like [the Chinese] do, we’d all be a lot healthier and more lively,” he said in 2008.
In another Kevin Cummins shot, two members of the iconic London band stand before an iconic London symbol – the London Underground sign.
Photographer Tom Sheehan captures drummer Dave Rowntree – the quiet one – looking dapper. Visitors to the exhibition can also check out the band’s Brit Awards and listen to the new Blur 21: The Box compilation.
Posing for NME in August 1995. There’ll be a selection of brilliant Blur posters from the Blur 21 exhibition in next week’s NME. Pick up your copy from August 8th.