Tony Mott arrived in Australia in 1976 and has become Australia’s leading Rock Photographer. His photos have been published in 20 countries and they have appeared on the covers of 450 CDs and more than 700 magazines.
Tony is the photographer the bands ask for. He has an incredible enthusiasm for music and musicians and has the uncanny ability to capture the quintessential appeal of whoever he is photographing. His photographs reveal something of the mystery, the revved up power and the adrenaline of rock n’ roll. And he can tell a story.
Tony Mott has toured with amongst others Rolling Stones (3 times), Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Sarah McLaughlin, Avril Lavigne, Silverchair, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and travels regularly with the touring festival The Big Day Out.
In the early ’80s Tony Moulds was a professional French chief, cooking in The Gazebo Hotel kitchen in Sydney. Dubbed ‘Mott’ for his thrashing of UK rockers Mott the Hoople, he snapped The Divinyls’ Chrissy Amphlett at The Piccadilly Hotel in Kings Cross. Six months later, he sold a photo: he’s never looked back. Tony Mott, Photographer THEN “I was always playing music at work in the kitchen.
Tony Mott has photographed some of the biggest names in music. He tells Amanda Keenan it may only be rock ’n’ roll but he loves it. Some people horde teapots; others accumulate rare coins or first-edition books. Tony Mott has a rather more ambitious pursuit. “I collect musicians,” the veteran photographer admits. You can almost imagine him painstakingly tending to his menagerie: fetching Marlboros for a late-model Keith Richards, dusting a mintcondition Freddie Mercury and fawning over his beloved Carole King.