From Bob Marley to Minchinhampton - celebrated photographer's work goes on display in Stroud

Long Stone, Minchinhampton by David Corio, whose celebrated work will go on display at an exhibition in Stroud next month

Long Stone, Minchinhampton by David Corio, whose celebrated work will go on display at an exhibition in Stroud next month

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DO YOU remember seeing a black and white photograph of Bob Marley, dancing like a shaman, almost in a trance? His locks are thrashing around, partially covering his face. It was taken in 1980, the last full year of Bob’s life, and has gone on to become an iconic image.

Photographer David Corio, who worked for the NME at the time, shot the picture.

Also for the NME, he snapped Godfather of Soul, James Brown. David made the mistake of saying, "this will only take a minute". James Brown, well known in the music industry for being a hard task master, sometimes docking money from the musicians in his band for playing wrong notes, chose to take him literally. He allowed David precisely 60 seconds to take his portrait.

Aside from music photography, David’s other passion is visiting and taking pictures of stone circles and standing stones. And as part of PhotoStroud's latest programme, which focuses on landscapes, David will be showing some these at Mills Café, Witheys Yard, Stroud, from Monday, October 1.

"I started off shooting Avebury and a few other stone circles and standing stones and it soon became an obsession," he said.

"Lai Ngan, my wife, is a writer and started researching all the folklore and legends surrounding them."

David and Lai Ngan went to over 80 different places in England and Wales and did it on and off for 14 years until they finally got a book deal from Jonathan Cape/Random House which published Megaliths in 2003.

"They gave us a small advance which we spent on travelling around Ireland for 10 weeks, going to over 100 Irish sites too. It becomes very addictive going to these magical places and many are rarely visited and the landscapes can often feel as if they may hardly have changed since the stones were first erected.

"They are Britain's earliest man made structures - older than the pyramids and are so enigmatic. It is amazing that so much time and energy must have been put into erecting them that they must have been regarded with huge importance and yet we still have little idea as to what many of them were used for.

"Even Stonehenge is continually being reappraised - a solar temple or a lunar temple, a place to worship ancestors or a place to party?"

Exhibition continues until November 17.

For further information visit www.davidcorio.com

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