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Phil Collins re-releases album back-catalogue with contemporary portraits


By John Glenday, Reporter

April 18, 2016 | 2 min read

Ageing former genesis drummer Phil Collins has embraced his advancing years by commissioning a photographer to recreate iconic artwork from all eight of his studio albums, replacing his younger self with contemporary shots.

Now aged 65, Collins now sports an array of wrinkles and less hair but still retains his distinctive look, immortalised in the black and white portrait shot used to illustrate his first solo LP, Face Value.

Take a look at me now, features a collection of ten portraits captured by photographers Patrick Balls and Martin Griffin who were tasked with reproducing the famous pieces in exacting detail, down to the quality of light and individual beads of sweat.

Speaking to The Times, Collins said he had pushed for new art to “show that my fingerprints were on this whole project, and it wasn’t a record company reissue. What better way than to reshoot all the cover art?”

The marketing strategy is designed to build interest in the artist, who has enjoyed a resurgence in interest over the past few years with current stars including Beyonce and Kanye West citing him as a key influence on their own work.


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