Incredible images from the Glasgow photographer captured huge 90s stars in the city

GLASGOW street photographer Brian Anderson photographed a galaxy of stars here in the town and beyond.

At the height of BritPop, when Glasgow was inundated with models and pop stars (like Kate Moss, the Gallagher brothers and Amy Winehouse), he captured them all on camera, often clashing with guards in an effort to get the best shot.

He even managed to get an exclusive shot of Prince from INSIDE in the legendary singer’s limo after his infamous gig at The Garage nightclub in 1995.

Unfortunately, however, the negatives have been lost….

“It was chaos, he was surrounded by security coming out of the garage, and there were decoys and guards everywhere,” smiled Brian. “I managed to get into the car by pure chance, then the guards dragged me out. But this photo appeared on the front pages of national newspapers.

“It was in the days before digital photography and I left my film in one of the newspaper offices, and the negatives were lost.”

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He adds: “But that was my big break – and quite surreal.”

The first celebrity Brian photographed was boxer Muhammad Ali at a book signing in Glasgow in the early 1990s.

Glasgow Times: Mohammad Ali in GlasgowMuhammad Ali in Glasgow

“I told him it was my first and he said it would be ‘all downhill’ from there,” laughs Brian. “Modest as ever.”

Brian’s photo of Amy Winehouse leaving Barrowland in 2007 was the singer’s last photo taken in Glasgow.

“I had the greatest set of scales ever,” he says. “I stayed on it until about 2 a.m. in the middle of winter to get this shot.”

On one occasion, Brian snuck into Tower Records to get pictures of Bon Jovi performing for a new single release.

Glasgow Times: Jon Bon Jovi leaves Tower Records in Glasgow.  Photo: Brian AndersonJon Bon Jovi leaves Tower Records in Glasgow. Photo: Brian Anderson

“I got spotted and thrown out by security, but got one from Jon in the car,” he says. “There was always a lot of chaos. There was a huge buzz around Glasgow at the time – all the stars were coming here.

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The list of celebrities Brian has photographed includes legendary singer Al Green at the Concert Hall, Blondie singer Debbie Harry at Barras, Kate Moss at One Devonshire Gardens, Ewan McGregor, Leo Sayer, Billy Connolly and footballer Paul Gascoigne.

Glasgow Times: Debbie Harry in Glasgow.  Photo: Brian AndersonDebbie Harry in Glasgow. Photo: Brian Anderson

As well as his celebrity photos, Brian, who grew up in Blackhill, Glasgow, is well known for his candid photos of Glasgow people on the city streets and his portrayals of notorious crime figures.

Glasgow Times: Brian Anderson, photographerBrian Anderson, photographer

He recently directed a documentary, Kick Out the Jams: The Story of XFM, on the famous radio station. See the trailer on YouTube here.

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