As often, I did not know the existence of Anton Corbijn before attending the large retrospective of his work at Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. An enigmatic title “Moød” welcomes the visitors: “Mood” with the second o scratched and an e added to form the word “Mode”, thus the title of this entry, Mode in Mood or Mood in Mode. These two words however represent well the work of Corbijn. Pictures full of atmosphere, giving a certain mood, and the constant link to fashion and mode. Whether it is Vanessa Paradis in Chanel or Adut Akech in Alexander McQueen and many more. Corbijn worked for Elle, Vogue and other famous glossy magazines. At the same time, he is not a pure fashion photographer. He also photographed many famous artists for NME (New Musical Express), the not less famous British musical magazine, at the spearhead of the latest musical trends. It is an enchantment to see and recognise Bryan Ferry, Iggy Pop (not too difficult as he rarely wears a top), Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox or Elton John. Another incredible display by the Cobra Museum, celebrating this year the 75th anniversary of the Cobra movement, but that’s an all other story.

Vanessa Paradis in Chanel, Outside Paris, 2022 ©Anton Corbijn
Adut Akech in Alexander McQueen, Holkham, 2018 ©Anton Corbijn
Three Children, Ethiopia, 2013 ©Anton Corbijn
Grace Coddington, Paris, 2014 ©Anton Corbijn
Fela Kuti’s Dancers and Singers, Paris, 1981 ©Anton Corbijn
Bryan Ferry, Newcastle, 1992 ©Anton Corbijn
Chrissie Hynde, London, 1983 ©Anton Corbijn