Antony Crook

The artwork on Mogwai’s most recent release Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will really caught my eye and so I found myself hitting the internet in search of it’s creator. Seconds later I found him; Antony Crook, a photographer from Bolton in England.

His photos are gentle, filled with a quiet sense of stillness. It’s the kind of quietness that breathes a sense of wonderment and mystery. Take a look at the top image: The Hudson River, New York. See how the background fades into the horizon, look down on the wet and empty tennis courts and seek out those few street lights that hint at what time of the day it is. There’s something almost meditative about his compositions and his work reflect an appreciation for the craft of photography.

Crook studied in Scotland and moved to London upon graduation. He now spends his time between there, Manchester and New York. Indeed, much of his time seems to be spent travelling and a skim through his portfolio takes you through the landscapes of India, Norway and the US to name but a few. He’s even had time to stop off in cities like New York and London to photograph such greats as David Byrne, Peter Saville and even David Hockney. It’s certainly worth a portion of your time to head over to his website and take a look at a really great photographer.

March 8, 2011