18 November 2002
Who You Might Be
'Anton is about who you might be,' says Bono of Anton Corbijn in the
new Rolling Stone. 'You're always more in his photographs, rarely less.'
"This is the first time I've ever done an interview like this, and it's
a lot of fun," U2's Bono says cheerfully to David Fricke of Rolling Stone.
He is sitting at my desk in the Rolling Stone offices with a cigarette, a
cup of coffee and a pile of pictures of his band, taken in the 1990s by
acclaimed Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn. In celebration of the release
of U2's new greatest-hits collection, The Best and the B-Sides of 1990-2000,
Bono is walking through U2's last decade via Corbijn's unique, intimate
portraits of tbe group.
Eight of Corbijn's photographs, with commentary by Bono, are featured in
the current issue of Rolling Stone but Bono talked for nearly two hours,
going over more than twice as many shots and reminiscing freely about U2's
recent adventures in fame and of his admiration for Corbijn, who has been
shooting the band for twenty years. "A lot of photographers feel their art
is to discover who you are," says Bono. "Anton is about who you might be.
I don't mean in terms of the different characters that lie under the skin --
I mean your potential as a person. You're always more in his photographs,
"I actually started to think, 'Gosh, I might really be this interesting,'"
Bono adds, laughing, "until I saw a photograph he took of a waitress, which
had the same gravitas. But that's a powerful thing. Anton was really a part
of bringing us out of ourselves."
Read this great story for more great U2 shots and Bono's commentary here