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Start-up T-shirt brand Don’t Talk to Me About Heroes is giving a new lease of life to the images of some of our greatest music photographers


Sid Vicious by Richard Mann

Start-up T-shirt brand Don’t Talk to Me About Heroes is giving a new lease of life to the images of some of our greatest music photographers

The site was set up by Aki Paphides, a graphic designer and brother of rock journalist Pete Paphides. Paphides says that, as a kid, he was such a music obsessive that he would remember the names of the photographers who took pictures of his favourite bands and would follow their work.

When setting up the site, he had a ‘hit list’ of those he remembered, including the likes of Brian Griffin and Richard Mann. Don’t Talk To Me About Heroes has now signed up 12 music photographers for its T-shirt range, many of whom have released images that have not been published before. T-shirts cost £25 with the revenue split 50/50 between the site and the photographers.

Debbie Harry by Howard Barlow


Brian May by Brian Griffin


Iggy Pop by Brian Griffin


“You don’t see images like this anymore,” argues Paphides, citing the fact that, previously, photographers had time to build relationships with the bands they followed and earn their trust. The threat to great music photography is something we’ve written about before at CR in this piece from October 2008, Three Songs and Yer Out

Bobby Womack by David Corio


Television’s Tom Verlaine by Howard Barlow


Paul Simonon by Phil Nicholls


Mick Jagger by Philip Townsend


Michael Jackson by Richard E Aaron

The T-shirts are available here


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