As the mastermind behind the classic early-90s Bryan Adams video "Do I Have to Say the Words?", the London-based Dutch photographer, director, and graphic designer Anton Corbijn captured the Canadian rocker roaming the streets of Istanbul.
Nearly 25 years later, Corbijn — who made his name shooting musicians like Depeche Mode and Prince — returned to the Turkish metropolis to open "Number 5," an exhibition that runs through June 30 at Istanbul'74's Galatasaray gallery space. The event also kicked off the sixth annual Istanbul International Arts & Culture Festival, which wrapped up on June 5. "Number 5" shows six large-scale, black-and-white photographs from the 90s (exhibited together for the first time) of Patti Smith, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Henry Rollins, Dave Grahan, and Johnny Cash. The iconic photographer, who is now primarily a feature filmmaker — he's currently finishing up a Thurgood Marshall biopic — spoke to i-D about the show, his process, and his dream subject immediately after the opening.
What drew you to music?
The excitement of it, I think. I grew up on an island in a very strict, protestant environment, and the music that happened in 1964 and 1965 sounded like the sounds of a world very attractive to a boy living in a village on an island. It always felt like there was excitement on the other side of the water.