16 Facts About Anton Corbijn


Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is a Dutch photographer, film director and music video director.


Anton Corbijn is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands over three decades.


Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard was born on 20 May 1955 in Strijen in the Netherlands, where his father had been appointed as parson to the Dutch Reformed Church the previous year.


Anton Corbijn's mother, Marietje Groeneboer, was a nurse and was raised in a parson's family.


Grandfather Anton Johannes van Willenswaard was an art teacher at Christian schools in Hilversum and an active member in the local Dutch Reformed Church in Hilversum.


Anton Corbijn began his career as a music photographer when he saw the Dutch musician Herman Brood playing in a cafe in Groningen around 1975.


Anton Corbijn made his name photographing in black-and-white but in May 1989 he began taking pictures in colour using filters.


Between 1998 and 2000, in collaboration with the painter Marlene Dumas, he worked on a project called "Stripping Girls", which took the strip clubs and peep shows of Amsterdam as their subject; while Anton Corbijn later exhibited photographs, Dumas took Polaroids which she then used as sources for her paintings.


Anton Corbijn has photographed Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Prata Vetra, Peter Hammill, Miles Davis, Kate Bush, Bjork, Captain Beefheart, Kim Wilde, Marc Almond, Robert De Niro, Stephen Hawking, Elvis Costello, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Morrissey, Peter Murphy, Simple Minds, Clint Eastwood, The Cramps, Roxette, Herbert Gronemeyer, Annie Lennox, and Eurythmics, amongst others.


Anton Corbijn has designed most of the covers for Depeche Mode's albums and singles from 1990's Violator album and onwards.


Anton Corbijn began his music video directing career when Palais Schaumburg asked him to direct a video.


Anton Corbijn made his feature film debut with Control, a film about the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.


In 2010, Anton Corbijn returned as a director with the character-based thriller The American, starring George Clooney.


On 26 October 2011, Anton Corbijn directed a webcast by Coldplay from the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain.


On 23 and 25 July 2018, Anton Corbijn filmed the last two concerts of Depeche Mode's Global Spirit Tour at the Waldbuhne in Berlin.


In May 2011 Anton Corbijn presented Mandela Landscape, an artwork consisting of Anton Corbijn's portrait of Nelson Mandela stitched by Dutch textile artist Berend Strik.