Rocker Bryan Adams photographed Amy Winehouse on several occasions throughout her brief career and, in the process, forged a friendship with the singer. Now, some of those images are being seen in a new light, as album art for the posthumous release, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," out now.
Bryan Adams, who moonlights as an in-demand photographer, shot Winehouse on at least four occasions. This particular session was for I-D Magazine's June 2008 "Hot Beaches" issue, which featured Mariah Carey on the cover.
When it comes to photographing rock stars, Adams, himself a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, says mugging for the camera doesn't necessarily come naturally. "There's an incredible awkwardness that most musicians have," he told The Hollywood Reporter in March. "They're so bad at posing that it's laughable."
Producer Saalem Remi, who compiled and completed much of the material used on Lioness: Hidden Treasures, says he and Winehouse often worked without a proper studio. "I'd be sitting in a villa and hear what sounds like a bird flying by," he recalls, "then I'd look out the window and it's Amy, singing in her falsetto just playing around."
Adams wrote of the December 2007 shoot on his photography site: "I love Amy Winehouse's second album and love her style. Pin up style but covered in tattoos. It's totally unique and I cant wait for her to get back to the top of her game."