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GALLERY: Kevin Cummins' Manics Shots
Danny Riley , November 13th, 2014 15:45

Before tQ editor John Doran interviews him at Manchester's Louder Than Words festival this weekend, Kevin Cummins talks us through some of his best shots of the Manic Street Preachers from his upcoming book, Assassinated Beauty


Marilyn Monroe stamp Richey
I liked the idea that they were setting themselves up as icons through the way they tried to look. For me it was an extension of The Stone Roses shot where I did them like a John Squire painting. It was, "Here's an icon, let's take it as far as we can and cover him with the ultimate icon, which is Marilyn."

We also did some shots with the Marilyn Monroe stamps and a crucifix as well, which I felt was kind of over-egging it a bit, to have Jesus, Marilyn and Richey all in one shot. It was a great session, but where do you go after that? I like the idea that you can take a picture that challenges other photographers as well. There are moments that work for a band, when the picture becomes that band. They become intrinsically linked, it almost defines them. I think that Richey liked that, and takes it to another level.