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Des Cowley reviews 'Life'

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October 2015, no. 375

Des Cowley reviews 'Life'

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October 2015, no. 375

It is tempting to draw parallels between Anton Corbijn’s Life and the director’s own personal history, in particular his series of striking 1979 black-and-white photographs of UK band Joy Division. The Dutch photographer, upon hearing the band’s first album, Unknown Pleasures, was convinced something great was in the offing, and set out for England intent on capturing the band with his camera. His iconic photos of Ian Curtis, who took his own life the following year, have come to define the singer for a later generation.