Denim Inspiration: Tom Waits and Corbijn

All the Dutch blogs (in fact, all worldwide blogs) are going crazy for a new book release that plots a four decade artistic journey between legendary musician Tom Waits and renowned photographer Corbijn.

The relationship between the two men began when Corbijn was a relatively unknown photographer in 1977 and their friendship and collaborations have continued on to the present day, a rarity in itself. Corbijn went on to become a world renowned photographer who has shot U2, Miles Davis, Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood as well as becoming a designer, music video and film director.

The book, entitled “WAITS/CORBIJN ’77-’11”, features over 200 portraits of Waits taken by Corbijn, plus 50 photos taken by Waits himself. The images include Waits in multiple rugged and worn denim on denim looks with the majority in high-contrast, stark black and white, making it a truly beautiful and inspirational denim tome.

“Our work together developed totally organically and that’s a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we’re like children resisting maturity. It’s liberating and a much needed legal drug,” says Corbijn.

“Anton picks up a small black box, points it at you and all the leaves fall from the trees. The shadows now are long and scary, the house looks completely abandoned and I look like a handsome… undertaker. I love working with Anton, he’s someone with a real point of view. Believe me, I won’t go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone,” Waits says.

The book is a special edition release, limited to just 6,600 copies worldwide and presented in a beautiful linen slipcase. It is available through publishers Mendu.

Waits/Corbijn ’77-’11
Photographs by Anton Corbijn
Curiosities by Tom Waits
Texts by Jim Jarmusch and Robert Christgau
Limited edition of 6.600 w/slipcase
272 pages, 226 color and duotone plates
ISBN 978-3-8296-0555-7


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