Bryan Adams' photo exhibit exposes his subjects

Images of actors, musicians and Queen Elizabeth II are part of a photography exhibit on view through May 17 at Oklahoma Contemporary.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: March 29, 2013 at 1:03 am •  Published: March 31, 2013
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It probably took a celebrity, and one with a good camera and a good eye, to create the candid pictures of other celebrities — on their own terms, but also on his — in a show of very large photos by musician Bryan Adams.

A Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has sold more than 100 million records, Adams' “Exposed” show is on view at Oklahoma Contemporary (formerly City Arts Center) at State Fair Park.

Born in Canada in 1959, Adams has compared photography to songwriting, noting that “it is very easy to write songs, but … very difficult to write good songs.”

“It is quite easy to take pictures, however it is difficult and demanding to take great photographs,” said Adams in a news release for the current show of 41 photos, selected from his book, “Exposed.”

Particularly impressive is his ability and adaptability in meeting his own expectations and those of his subjects in the collaborative act of the photograph, whether the resulting image is low key and candid, or mythic and iconic.

Fitting the “iconic” category nicely is his 2008 picture of “Sir Mick Jagger,” turning to look hard at the camera, with his arms raised, his legs cut off, as if he were jumping in space or gyrating during a rock concert.

Viewed almost as a piece of human sculpture — made up of craggy features, bald head and expressive body language — is actor Ben Kingsley, sitting in an arm chair with knees pulled up, staring into space, in a 2010 photo.

Looking back at us with a lit cigarette in her open red lips, wearing a sleeveless black and white dress, in Adams' 2007 color picture, “Lindsay Lohan,” is a striking figure, indeed, whether or not you are one of her fans.