A teenage hip-hop fan with a taste for vintage motors, it’s little wonder Andy Cotterill has an eye for detail.
“I like old cars and old buildings and the process which went into making them” explains this rogue-ish son of Ilford. “Great photography can be just as timeless. It doesn’t have to be throwaway.”
A youthful habitue of East End hip-hop mecca Bentleys (formerly The Bridge House), Andy’s entry into magazines came, suitably enough, with pictures of Public Enemy’s Chuck D for Dazed & Confused. In the years since he has chalked up images of personal heroes ranging from Sly and Robbie to John Peel to Lee Scratch Perry.
“I shot The Strokes on their first visit to London” he explains. “They were all lying on the bed and their legs were intertwined. In a strange way it said everything about how close they were, and how different to everyone else.”
With Andy, however, it’s about more than just delivering iconic images. “I love the skill of dealing with the person you’re photographing and trying to get the best out of it” he says. “I’m not after the subject’s soul. I’m looking for a true representation of them at that given moment. It might come out nothing like you planned, but that’s the fun of it- it’ll never be the same twice.”