2 of 21 portraits by Andrew Catlin
by Andrew Catlin
bromide print, April 1985
13 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (353 mm x 242 mm)
This portraitback to top
As the photographer Andrew Catlin has explained, 'This picture was shot in a hotel room in Oporto at around 6am after 48 hours without sleep. It is one of a complex series of pictures from just a few minutes of time, that have featured on multiple record sleeves, books, magazines and films. A collision of portraiture, reportage and perception.'
Events of 1985back to top
Current affairs55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.
Art and scienceBob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
InternationalReformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.
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