Biography

Matt Kent and Iggy Pop

Matt KentI have been a professional photographer since 2006. I have been lucky enough to shoot many of the world's leading artists, mainly musicians but also comedians, dancers and actors. I have also had two books published and I am currently working on a third - 'Four Faces - The story of The Who's solo careers'. This follows on from my previous books on The Who; 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - The complete chronicle of The Who 1958 - 1978' (2002), which I co-authored with my good friend Andy Neill and 'The Who Revealed' (2010). You may deduce from the book titles a running theme - The Who have been a mainstay in my life and musical education (since before the photo on the left was taken) as a fan, photographer and writer. I even got to work for Pete Townshend for a bit.

Matt Kent books

In a nutshell: in 1995 I helped to organise a convention for fans of The Who in Shepherd's Bush. We convinced Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle to play at what turned out to be an incredible event. Soon afterwards, with Pete on board, the band reformed for the Quadrophenia tour. in 1996 I started the semi official fanzine 'Naked Eye' and in 1998 I was asked by Pete Townshend to work for him, creating and running his websites. When I left in 2006 I decided to take the plunge and try my luck at earning a living as a music photographer. Over a decade later I'm still trying my luck at trying to earn a living!

As well as photography and writing books I contribute sleeve notes, images and memorabilia for CD / DVD releases. Some of the latest releases I have worked on include: 'The Who Polydor Singles' box set, Pete Townshend's 'Truancy', 'The Who Live at The Isle of Wight 2004' CD / DVD, 'Classic Quadropenia' DVD, the 2017 Who tour programme and the latest Classic Quadrophenia programme (although, frustratingly, uncredited). I also carry out photo research for projects, including 'The Seeker' series of prints for Genesis Publications and 'who I Am' Pete Townshend's 2012 memoir. In that he refers to me as "a guardian of Who history" and remarks that my photographs are "wonderful" which is pretty high praise.