U2: The Early Years By Colm Henry

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‘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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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