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Robert John (photographer)

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Robert John (born on November 10, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American music photographer. He was the primary photographer for the hard rock band Guns N' Roses for almost two decades.



Born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 10, 1961, John moved to California with his parents when he was three years old. In his youth, he had a racing career that ended after an injury to his back and the death of his father.

In 1982, John started as a professional photographer in the music industry by shooting W.A.S.P., London, LA Guns and Hollywood Rose. When the latter became Guns N' Roses, John worked with them and became their exclusive photographer when the band was signed to Geffen Records. Currently he is staff photographer at Twisted South Magazine and Evel Knievel Enterprises.

In 2003, John sued Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose for breach of contract over photos that John had been taking of the band since 1985. He later established an online video channel dedicated to the band.


  • Alice Cooper
  • Eric Clapton
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Elton John
  • Backstreet Boys
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Cult
  • London
  • Aerosmith
  • Jane's Addiction
  • Faith No More
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Sepultura
  • W.A.S.P.
  • London
  • LA Guns
  • Guns N' Roses (originally photographed them as Hollywood Rose)
  • became the band's exclusive photographer when the band signed to Geffen Records
  • authored one book entitled Guns N' Roses: The Photographic History
  • photography appears in a Guns N' Roses pinball machine
  • appeared in:
  • Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses by Danny Sugerman
  • Hollywood Rocks! on Cleopatra Records.
  • cameo appearances in some Guns N' Roses music videos
  • featured on TV in:
  • VH1's Behind The Music
  • a BBC documentary called Guns N' Roses: The Photographic History (named after John's book) by Indigo Productions
  • Bio. Guns N' Roses - Biography.
  • Motörhead
  • albums
  • Inferno
  • Kiss of Death
  • Motörizer
  • The Wörld Is Yours
  • Aftershock
  • photographed the tours that supported those releases
  • References

    Robert John (photographer) Wikipedia

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