Ross Halfin

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Ross Halfin
Nationality British
Occupation Photographer, Concert Photography

Ross William Halfin (born 11 August 1957) is a British rock and roll photographer. Since the late 1970s he has worked for some of the biggest acts in rock and heavy metal, including Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who, Kiss, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Def Leppard and many others.


Early life

Halfin was born in London, and originally wanted to be an artist when he grew up. He attended the Wimbledon School of Art in the 1970s where he studied painting. Around the same time he started bringing his camera along to rock concerts, which he could do with no restrictions at the time. [1] He later claimed he became a rock photographer by accident. [2]


Halfin began his career working for Sounds magazine in the 1970s, shooting various artists on the punk scene including The Clash, The Jam, The Sex Pistols, 999 and The Adverts. After linking up with writers Geoff Barton and Peter Makowski, Halfin moved on to working mainly in the US with bands such as AC/DC, UFO, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath. [3] [4] In 1981 he started working with the new magazine Kerrang! , photographing their first cover and shooting with them for the next 20 years. [2]

In the 1990s, Halfin took to travel photography on a casual but obscure basis, but his work would later resurface in an issue of Genesis Publications in 2011. [5]

He has toured with many bands, including Metallica, Iron Maiden, Status Quo, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age and The Mars Volta.

Photo of Alice Cooper by Halfin in 2011 Alice Cooper 2011.jpg
Photo of Alice Cooper by Halfin in 2011



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  2. 1 2 3 "'Axl Rose is a silly old man'". The Scotsman. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. Photo Shoot with Ross Halfin 1987 video. NME
  4. The 5-Minute Interview: Ross Halfin, Rock photographer. The Independent Archived 20 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Ross Halfin". Flo Peters Gallery. 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  7. "Metallica Photos To Be Displayed at Ross Halfin's First-Ever Australian Exhibition". 3 November 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  8. "Sojourner, Ross Halfin Travels: The New Limited Edition Book & Print Set" (PDF). Genesis Publications. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  9. "Iron Maiden: A Photo Memory by Ross Halfin". 1 August 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2020.