A rare opportunity to see a collection of some of the most iconic record sleeves ever produced by internationally acclaimed photographer and creative director Trevor Key.

Trevor Key’s Top 40

Born in Hull, where he also attended Hull School of Art & Design, Trevor Key (1947-1995), was a hugely influential and respected photographer who worked primarily in the music industry.

Key’s most iconic sleeve is perhaps Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’, though he would also produce work for Can, Tangerine Dream and even Derek and Clive. Key’s work is notable for it’s collaborative nature, working with Brian Cooke (as Cooke Key Associates), Jamie Reid on the later Sex Pistols’ releases and most famously on a series of brilliant sleeves for New Order with art director Peter Saville, with whom he also produced work for Section 25, OMD and Peter Gabriel amongst others.

“Trevor Key’s Top 40” will showcase forty of the photographer’s greatest record sleeves in a display case designed and built for this exhibition by British artist Matthew Darbyshire.

The exhibition opens on 20th Sept 2017 at Hull School of Art & Design.

This exhibition has been organised by Scott King, Lesley Dilcock and Toby McFarlan Pond in co-operation with Hull UK City of Culture, Hull School of Art & Design and Hull Libraries.

“Trevor was my best friend and most important collaborator from the day we met”.
Peter Saville, Art Director for Joy Division / New Order et al.

“Trevor was a wonderful photographer. In his quiet, gentle humoured way he would find ways to make those he was shooting relaxed, enabling him to capture natural moments in a very precise manner”.
Peter Gabriel, Rock Musician.

“Trevor had the rare ability to distil the disordered and chaotic world around him into a beautifully clear yet vital simplicity”.
Nick Knight, Photographer and Director of Showstudio.com