A rock’n’roll bon viveur who’s counted royalty as schoolmates, earned a crust on the oil rigs and once cheated death totalling one of Ozzy’s Quadbikes.
You could make Mick Hutson up, but he wouldn’t be half as much fun. A free spirit from the age of eight –when a cliff top epiphany told him to follow his dreams - Mick’s genes overflow with artistic antecedents (his grandmother was a WW2 photographer; a great uncle a mainstay in Ronnie Scott’s jazz band). His rock’n’roll apprenticeship, however, came courtesy of legendary photographers Fin Costello, David Redfern and Ian Dickson.
Convinced of his calling following a first job where he trawled Hamburg in search of booze with Ziggy Stardust guitarist Mick Ronson, Mick has been in constant demand since, shooting countless iconic shots of everyone from Paul McCartney to U2. Whether it’s been hanging out of a helicopter shooting Oasis at Knebworth (for the now classic arial Glastonbury shot), swimming in the Bahamas with Mike Oldfield, stopping the New York rush hour traffic with Metallica or writing in pink lipstick on Marilyn Mansons’s chest, it’s safe to say he’s done the lot and all in his own inimitable style.
“I once locked myself in the toilet with L’il Kim” he laughs. “There were three huge bouncers banging on the door while she sat happily on the loo and read a copy of Jackie Collins ‘Rock Star’. Great photography is all about making something amazing happen.”