Anders Tengner is one of Sweden’s most well-known music journalists, with experience from radio, TV and print media. Less familiar, however, is the large archive of artist photographs he’s built up since the mid-Eighties.|
Anders was still a teenager when he began writing for the legendary youth magazine Okej in 1980. After a number of trips together with established photographers, he began bringing along his own camera. The more pictures he took, the better he got, and as early as 1984 his pictures of acts such as Kiss and W.A.S.P. were published in both Okej and one of the major Swedish dailies.
Over the following years, Anders took even more photos, mainly for Okej, but he also sold the pictures to magazines all over the world: for example, Bravo (Germany), Kerrang! (UK) and Burrn! (Japan). ”Okej was the only pop music magazine in Sweden, so both Swedish and foreign acts wanted to be featured in it,” he says. “Also, they almost always got to meet the same reporter and photographer, which meant that good relationships were established.” Anders, a heavy metal enthusiast, was the official photographer when Europe toured Japan in 1986, and he has also done exclusive reports from the homes of Angus Young (AC/DC) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple). And thanks to his friendly relationship with Metallica he was the only photographer allowed during recording sessions for the band’s biggest album, Metallica (aka The Black Album).
But Okej, where Anders was the editor between 1997 and 2005, didn’t just cover metal bands: the Premium Rockshot archive features pictures of the major boy bands of the Nineties, and Anders believes he was probably the first magazine photographer to take pictures of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. There were also plenty of pictures from live concerts: “During the second half of the Eighties and the entire Nineties I only saw concerts from the photographer’s area in front of the stage.” Another great moment was when Anders’ old idols Deep Purple wanted a picture from his archives: one of his images can now be seen on the live album Come Hell Or High Water.
Today Anders is still an active journalist and photographer, and also the author of a number of books, including his successful memoirs, Access All Areas.
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