by Ram Shergill
colour coupler print, 2004
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Fashion photographer Ram Shergill was commissioned to photograph the musician Amy Winehouse by the Guardian for a cover shoot, a year after the release of her debut album Frank (2003). The session took place in Shergill’s east London studio and a nearby 1950s diner, and Winehouse styled her own clothes. Shergill explains, ‘Whilst photographing her we listened to Martha Reeves and the Vandelas, she drank a strawberry milkshake and started to elongate her eyeliner.’ Although one portrait was published, most of the images remained unseen. The portraits reveal a playful and fresh-faced Winehouse, showing her vulnerability before she rose to fame with her second album Back to Black (2006).
Events of 2004back to top
Current affairsArmed robbers raid the Northern Bank in Belfast, stealing £26.5 million. Gunmen entered the homes of two bank officials, kidnapping their families and forcing them to let them into the bank, before loading cash into vans and driving away. Police and the British and Irish governments claimed that the Provisional IRA was responsible and several of the people arrested had PIRA, Real IRA and Sinn Féin connections.
Art and scienceA fire at Charles Saatchi's art warehouse destroys some of the icons of Brit Art. Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and The Hut by Tracey Emin and works by Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Hume and Rachel Whiteread were among the casualties.
InternationalAn earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day causes a tsunami that kills nearly 230,000 people when it hit the coasts of Southeast Asia. The earthquake itself was the second most powerful ever recorded on a seismograph and waves from the tsunami - the most devastating in history - were up to 30 metres high.
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