Tom Waits and Anton Corbjin are to join forces on the limited edition photography book 'Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11'.
Tom Waits is one of the most reclusive musicians at large in America. Rarely appearing live and continually turning down interview requests, when the songwriter does make public appearances they tend to disguise more than they reveal.
Which is why the publication of a new tome is to be welcome. 'Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11' features photographs taken by Tom Waits and Anton Corbjin, many of which are previously unpublished. The pair struck up a relationship back in 1977, when Tom Waits was a barstool singer and Anton Corbjin was a fresh faced young photographer newly arrived on American shores from Holland.
Over the coming decades, the artist would continually return to the photographer, opening up in a completely unique way. A quote from Tom Waits: “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."
Anton Corbjin was also keen to reflect the work the pair have undertaken. “It’s rare to take photographs of someone over a 30+ year period. 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."
Alongside photographs taken by Corbjin, some 50 pages are devoted to photographs and musings from Tom Waits himself. Bound in linen, 'Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11' will be limited to 6000 copies.
'Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11' will be released on May 8th.