By Hayden Wright
A series of vintage-style Radiohead portraits by photographer Sebastian Edge will be displayed in a London exhibition at Metropolis Studios in October. The photos make use of the Wet Collodion development process, which was high-tech back in the late 19th century. The system calls for treated glass and predates modern camera film, so each piece is both unique and steeped in history.
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Edge told The Line of Best Fit how these one-of-a-kind vintage photographs came to be.
“In January 2011, I received a call from Radiohead HQ. They’d heard about a photographer that was making pictures with this early Victorian process, with a camera built from Hurricane timber, and wondered if I was still making pictures having disappeared from the music scene for a while,” he said. “Within a few weeks I arrived at their studio and spent two separate days making the pictures for their King Of Limbs campaign.”
The earthy, time-tested process appealed to band members.
“A day in the woods and a day at their studio,” said Edge. “[Bassist] Colin [Greenwood] loved it, being a photographer himself. And after a while I think they realized these weren’t just photos they are works of hard crafted art and as analogue and as hands on as it could possibly get!”