Born in rural New South Wales, Philip Morris started his career behind the lens in Sydney at the age of 15. In the late 1960s, he became a contributing photographer for Australia’s first national pop publication, Go-Set. Philip quickly found himself shooting the same musicians who up until recently he’d admired as a fan, everyone from Billy Thorpe to Johnny O’Keefe and AC/DC. He shot AC/DC’s first-ever professional session and continued to photograph the band for several years.
Philip also shot virtually every international superstar who came to Oz, including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Yes, the Jackson 5 and numerous others, always displaying his distinctive sense of intimacy and spontaneity.
Philip has contributed to every major publication in Australia and has also shot award-winning album covers for the Angels, Midnight Oil and Marcia Hines. A highly acclaimed exhibition of his work was shown at the Proud Galleries in London and at Sydney’s Blender Gallery. Philip’s work also featured prominently in the Melbourne Art Centre’s AC/DC Family Jewels exhibit.
It’s a Long Way: From Acca-Dacca to Zappa is Philip’s first photographic memoir. Philip lives in Sydney with his two adult daughters.