Jan Werner

The King of the Pop

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Michael Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 51. He is the most successful artist of all time. His professional career began at the age of 11 by joining his brothers? group The Jackson Five. In parallel he began a solo career in 1971. Michael Jackson has seven solo albums under his belt. Each of these albums was successful and amongst the best selling albums in the world. In 1982, the artist released Thriller which sold more than 1 million copies in a month and ten million in a year. In the ?80s, Michael Jackson revolutionised the record industry by producing music clips like short films. He was the first Afro-American to have been widely broadcast on MTV.

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The Artist
Jan Werner

Born in 1951, in Haarlem, Jan took up photography in 1972. In 1970, whilst visiting his family in London, the young 19 year old thought that he had found his vocation by becoming a concert stagehand. Jan then definitively left the Netherlands and toured with music groups. In 1972, whilst working for an underground group from Manchester, Jan had to cross the Atlantic. ‘At the age of 21 I had a morbid fear of existence. Through socio-political expedients I was looking for pretexts to avoid reality and facing up to my desire to create.’He therefore took up photography alone. He dropped his militant activities and made contact with his former acquaintances in the world of music. He got on the music tour bandwagon again but this time as a photographer. In the course of a career spanning 39 years, Jan met rock and pop idols from the generations that followed.

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