Suffolk snapper to release new book

THEY are the images of preened pop and film stars striking a pose or stepping out with their latest squeezes that feed our daily hunger for celebrity gossip.

THEY are the images of preened pop and film stars striking a pose or stepping out with their latest squeezes that feed our daily hunger for celebrity gossip.

But candid photographs of Justin saucily grabbing Kylie at the Brit Awards, Mick and Keith sharing a joke at a Rolling Stones concert and a pensive but beautifully glamorous Diana, Princess of Wales also document the lives of the rich and famous of the past 25 years - and that of the man behind the lens.

Photographer Dave Hogan has travelled the world snapping the likes of U2, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson for The Sun and Getty Images, and this summer he loaned his Shadingfield Hall home in Suffolk to prime minister Gordon Brown's family.

After documenting his career in book form for the first time, “Hogie” could have picked glitzy galleries in New York, Los Angeles or Tokyo to show off some of his best work.

Instead, 60 images - including the now-famous shots of Madonna and Britney's MTV Awards kiss and a triumphant Robbie Williams after his hat-trick of wins at the Brit Awards - will grace a pal's Norfolk gallery for an exhibition from this weekend.

David Koppel, a former paparazzo who now runs the St Giles Street Gallery, introduced Mr Hogan to the delights of the city and suggested he showcase his work there to tie in with the book launch.

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He will be at the gallery this Saturday, when the exhibition opens, to sign copies of his photographic autobiography of the same name, Access All Areas.

The book includes amusing stories and anecdotes of a life shadowing celebrities, partying with them, being invited into their homes and witnessing their highs and lows.

The 6ft 4in Welshman is known to tower over the rest of the press pack and has a reputation for courtesy that has helped him to gain the respect of even his most difficult subjects.

Mr Koppel said: “This is a major coup for us. Mr Hogan is recognised all over the world for what he does and could have chosen anywhere to launch his book and exhibition, but he has chosen Norwich. We are absolutely thrilled.”

Access All Areas opens at the gallery in St Giles, Norwich, from Saturday, with Mr Hogan signing copies of the book between 2pm and 5pm.

Buyers of the book and prints will be placed automatically into a draw with a chance to win a weekend at Shadingfield Hall, among other prizes.

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