Book will feature over 200 pages of images taken by both Corbijn and Waits himself
Tom Waits and Anton Corbijn have announced that they will be joining forces on a new photographic book.
Titled ’77-’11, it will feature over 200 pages of portraits of Waits taken by Corbijn – the photographer and director behind numerous iconic music videos including Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, as well as the 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control.
It will also include over 50 pages of photographs and musings by Waits himself and will feature an introduction from director Jim Jarmusch.
The book will document the artistic relationship between the pair, which started in 1977 when Corbijn first photographed Waits in Holland.
“Anton picks up a small black box, points it at you and all the leaves fall from the trees,” Waits says in a statement about the book. “The shadows now are long and scary, the house looks completely abandoned and I look like a handsome… undertaker. I love working with Anton, he’s someone with a real point of view. Believe me, I won’t go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone.”
“It’s rare”, Corbijn adds, “to take photographs of someone over a 30-plus year period. Our work together developed totally organically and that’s a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we’re like children resisting maturity. It’s liberating and a much needed legal drug.”
’77-’11 will be limited to 6,600 copies and is scheduled for release on May 8 release by German publisher Schirmer-Mosel.