U2: The Early Years By Colm Henry


‘U2: The Early Years’, a photo exhibition by Colm Henry, is running at Proud Camden from April 14th – June 6th 2010. Take a peak at some of the exclusive, never-before-seen images.


Henry, a then-freelance photographer for Irish music magazine ‘Hot Press’, began shooting the band while they were still unsigned, forming a close relationship with them and resulting in these exclusive pictures.


Henry says: “We were both learning together really, honing our trades. I was just starting out and so were they. I wasn’t a pushy kind of person, I think they appreciated that. They trusted me to get a good shot.”



Bono on stage at Ireland’s Slane Castle in 1980, supporting Thin Lizzy on tour.


U2 recording the video for ‘A Celebration’ in Dublin in 1981. Stop by the ‘U2: The Early Years’ photo exhibit to see more of these live, backstage and studio shots of the legendary band.


Henry says of his first encounter with the band: “It was in down in The Bagott Inn sometime in 1978. From the very start I knew they were different from the average Irish band. I noticed that they were incredibly driven and incredibly serious-minded people. What they lacked in musical talent, they overcame with the many other characteristics they had.”


Henry says of the period he photographed them: “It was their most creative period by a mile. They started out as boys and ended as men.”