A mastermind behind a camera and a living legend within the music industry, Dennis Morris is a name that resonates beyond barriers of time and genre. An artist in every sense of the word, Morris uses the camera no differently to the way an artist uses a brush, creating and capturing moments in the industry that speak beyond the subject itself and are threaded with messages of social movement and emotion. A photography enthusiast since the age of eight, Morris’s career first kicked off when he skipped school to wait outside Bob Marley’s concert venue in hopes of capturing a shot or two, and within hours he had hopped on the bus as the tour’s photographer. What came next was a ride through the music industry, captured and documented through Morris’s lens as the young photographer worked with everyone from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols, and eventually extended his creative reach from the camera to official album artwork and more. Peep below for our conversation with the man himself.
How important is visual art to music, and vice versa?
Visual art to music is vital! During the days of vinyl, the record sleeve was an art form. Most sleeves were used as a way of explaining the content of the album – i.e. title of the album.It was vital because back in the days when you went to a record shop, as you went through the racks, the sleeve was what first attracted you to a band/musician if you had never heard of them.