Photographer Dennis Morris’ influence on the music industry can’t be overstated. This is the man that captured Bob Marley while just 16, documented the exploits of the Sex Pistols, led Island Records’ visual identity and snuck the image of an erect penis onto the shelves of Woolworths in the ’70s.
The ICA’s PiL – First Issue to Metal Box exhibition captures just a snippet of Morris’ visual legacy, bringing together images and artwork he created in partnership with Public Image Limited – the band John Lydon set up after leaving the Sex Pistols.
“There’s no better time,” said Morris, about the decision to showcase his archive of work. “This could have happened ten years or a year ago. The work itself is timeless.”
Morris was instrumental in defining PiL’s visual identity, everything from photography and logo design, to masterminding the band’s limited edition Metal Box album, which was housed in an embossed film canister.Read feature