Ian Dickson has been photographing rock stars since 1972 and his work has appeared in Disc, Record Mirror, New Musical Express, Sounds, Vox, Mojo, Q, Rolling Stone and elsewhere over the years. In 1992, he held his first exhibition in London followed by several around Europe, with considerable success. In 1994, a selection of his work was shown at the MTV Awards in Berlin, at the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace, and at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and Copenhagen.
Ian Dickson wrote stage-photography.com on January 24, 2011
Essentials for successful stage photography
(1) An instinctive ability to compose in the viewfinder, choosing either portrait or landscape format.
(2) Best equipment with fastest lenses possible.
(3) Anticipating and instinctively reacting to the moment, when it arrives
(4) Lots of patience, luck and understanding.
In my image of Bob Marley, I knew that he danced off the stage at the end of the show. I also knew there was no encore, so I only got one opportunity by fully opening up the lens (Nikkor 135mm f2) and going with the fastest shutter speed I could get with the light available. In the 70’s, we NEVER used flash in concerts! I was equipped. I was prepared. I was lucky.