The most extensive photo archive libraries of Australian rock music
Philip Morris is the inimitable Australian rock photographer who today boasts one of the most extensive photo archive libraries of Australian rock music. Many of his collection are being made available to the public for the first time.
Born in Narrandera, Australia, Morris started his career behind the lens in Sydney at the age of 15. He got his first official gig as a contributing photographer for the first national Australian pop publication Go Set in the late 1960s.
Being on the scene and at the concerts, Morris quickly added to his portfolio with every big name to come to town. His career continued to soar in the 70's when he was a contributor to all the major music magazines in Australia, including RAM and Juke. During this time he shot Australian music legends, The Easybeats, on their last national tour, as well as almost every international band touring the country including the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney among the list. Shooting AC/DC's first ever photo session in 1974, Morris is still the only photographer to have shot the hard rock legends at the famed Alberts Studios.
Morris has shot album jackets for such bands as Midnight Oil (Head Injuries), John Paul Young (Hero), Johnny O'Keefe, Sherbet, Daddy Cool, Marcia Hines, and The Angels (Face To Face) which won a best album cover award in 1978. He has contributed much of his work to various books including AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Peter Allan's Boy From OZ and most recently to two highly acclaimed contemporary music history books, The Real Thing and Friday on My Mind.
I was lucky to be the Sydney photographer for the 1970s rock bible Go Set. Back then there wasn't the mass interest in rock music in the general press as there is today, which made it easier to get backstage access. It also meant you were probably one of only a few photographers at any given gigPhilip Morris - Photographer