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Phil Coomes | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Bryan Adams at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Canadian singer Bryan Adams is best known for his music, but he's also pretty good with a camera and his Hear the World photography exhibition is currently on show at London's Saatchi Gallery until 26 July.

The exhibition contains portraits of a number of celebrities including Jude Law, Elle MacPherson, Lord Attenborough and Amy Winehouse and aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy hearing and the impact of hearing loss.

It's by no means Adams' first show; in addition to many exhibitions he has published a number of books.

It made me wonder how many other celebrities also enjoy taking the odd snap or two.
Actor Jeff Bridges is an obvious place to start. He is well known for taking pictures whilst on set using a Wide-Lux camera, capturing those moment between takes that only an actor sees.

Another musician, David Byrne of Talking Heads has also been exhibiting his work for many years, though it's in direct contrast to that of Adams and Bridges work.

A couple of models have also made the leap from one side of the lens to the other, Helena Christensen is one.

Looking back a little further there was of course Koo Stark, one time girlfriend of Prince Andrew, who incidentally has also published a book of his pictures. During their time together Stark was photographed relentlessly by the media so she picked up a camera and was lucky enough to be tutored by photographic master Norman Parkinson, who later wrote the foreword to her book Contrasts, which was published in 1985.

Anyone know of any others?


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