Dean Chalkley, the legendary NME photographer, has a solo gallery called ‘21’ at Quaglino’s in Mayfair this month. We’ve got a sneak preview here accompanied by Dean’s own words. Starting with Arctic Monkeys - "After a terrible storm that tore through Fort Lauderdale we caught up with the band. I think this underlines their intentions - purposeful, dynamic, rock n roll on the tracks."
"Such a simple photograph but (!!) it has such balance. The poise reminds me a little of an Otto Dix painting. When you look at Jarvis and you study the clothes he sports there is real brilliance at work here, everything adds up. On anyone else it would look bad but Jarvis carries this sartorial 70’s elegance like no other."
"So this shoot was top secret. If I told you anything about it, the robot police would smash through the windows and yours truly would never be seen ever again. I say nothing apart from that it was fantastic to photograph them. Legends."
The White Stripes
"[Jack White is] A creative dynamo, a big chap with a great personality. This was at the time when ‘Seven-Nation Army’ was about to kick our perception of what a drumbeat is into the stratosphere. What a tune! Although The White Stripes are no longer together, Jack continues to evolve and mutate every manifestation, amazing and brilliant."
"Alison Mosshart has got to be one of the sexiest women in rock 'n' roll. I’m sure those who have seen them perform together onstage will testify that there is an explosive chemical reaction between them, and an alchemy of sound. I’ve seen them many times, from The Metro Club on Oxford Street to a time when they played in China. Wow that was a trip!"
"This picture says it all, there's not much I need to add. It was a tragic day when I heard of her death. I think everyone at the NME was shocked and wanted to celebrate a wonderful and true talent when she passed. I find myself looking at this picture a lot, when you stand in front of it and look into her eyes I really do think that you get a quite strange feeling."
"She's a person who has an impeccable credibility; she has lived the life and continues to do so. An incredible woman she is absolutely the real deal, a creative mind body and soul."
"I shot this for NME’s sister magazine, Uncut. It's one of British music’s most prolific and eccentric characters. Man, I just love this shot, his outfit and his expression. He is a subversive, which I think comes across here. I think I must have asked him to stand on the mark and he’s obviously twisted it up. He’s an amazing man!"
"Flippin’ love this picture! Quite solemn, but very atmospheric."
"Classic! Liam looks great in this picture, chiseled and there is a hint of Quadrophenia. Obviously I like the fact Liam wears parkas and the POW badge references pop art, his hair is Mod tidy too. Yeah love this one, what a chap, I think the picture captures something special! "
"I think I actually bought the tie that Pete is wearing in this shot from his little pop up ‘Rag and Bone’ shop in the bowels of Camden Stables around Christmas time. Pete set the shop up to sell some of his things. I know that was just trivia but I like that sort of stuff. Anyway, I think the picture is very classical. It’s dark in a way but also humorous."
"Noel has got an empiric expression; after all he is the Governor. This man is razor sharp. Some have commented on the cinematic feeling that this picture conveys. I like the classic nature of this picture, it’s never been exhibited before. I’ve shot Noel on several occasions and he’s always a gent and funny too.