- Words Sam Connor
In celebration of their 90th birthday, the legendary Abbey Road Studios have awarded photographer Eric Johnson with their inaugural 'icon' prize.
One of the most famous in the world, Abbey Road Studios are renowned for having historically recorded the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Amy Winehouse, to name just a few of the greats. In celebration of the Studio’s 90th birthday, the debut Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022, in association with Hennessy, will celebrate the art of music photography.
This week it has been confirmed that legendary US photographer Eric Johnson will be the recipient of the debut ‘Icon’ award.
- Doja Cat by Eric Johnson
With a career spanning over 30 years, Eric Johnson is known for taking some of the most iconic shots of the 90s and 2000s within US music culture. His past subjects included Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Biggie Smalls, and LL Cool J, whilst more recently shooting Lady Gaga, Shygirl and Doja Cat. Based in New York City, his work embraces the vibe of this environment, bringing together people from all walks of life.
Speaking about his award, Eric describes the win as “super surreal”, continuing “I kinda knew that my photos would stand the test of time but being considered an ICON wasn’t anything I really thought about. Having such a diverse group of talented artists recognise my work is really what it’s all about. This is a curious industry we’re in.” Looking to the wider significance of the award, he hopes “this all inspires emerging talents to try & stay as true to yourself as possible. There’s potentially something great just around the corner. Don’t sweat the industry like that. Keep working on your craft.”
- Biggy Smalls by Eric Johnson
- Shygirl by Eric Johnson
The awards ceremony will take place at Abbey Road on the 14th of May.