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(1951-), Musician, singer and actor; member of The Police

Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner)

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, Gordon Sumner adopted the stage name Sting early in his career while performing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. He moved to London in 1977 and formed the band The Police, as lead singer, bassist and principal composer. The band won six Grammy Awards in the early 1980s, and achieved chart success with tracks including Walking on the Moon (1979), Don't Stand So Close to Me (1980), and Every Breath You Take (1983). Since 1984 Sting has collaborated with many other musicians and campaigned on ecological issues.

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Sting, by Annie Leibovitz - NPG P630


by Annie Leibovitz
C-type colour print, 1985
NPG P630

Sting, by Michael Ward - NPG x46679


by Michael Ward
selenium-toned bromide print, 10 March 1982
NPG x46679

Sting, by Terry O'Neill - NPG x32200


by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1983
NPG x32200

Sting, by Francesco Scavullo - NPG x128288


by Francesco Scavullo
gelatin silver print, 1984
NPG x128288

Band Aid, by Brian Aris - NPG x87846

Band Aid

by Brian Aris
bromide fibre print, 1984
NPG x87846

Sting, by Trevor Ray Hart - NPG x87126


by Trevor Ray Hart
C-type colour print, 23 January 1996
NPG x87126

Sting, by Jason Bell - NPG x134067


by Jason Bell
inkjet print, 30 March 2009
NPG x134067

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