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no.9 is blissfully unaware of his label mate's celebratory day (#globaltigerday) as he basks in the sun, at my office window. he clearly likes people: he's chosen to lie down next to one of my two human skulls. lucy doesn't like these real human skulls as they once housed real human people. now they remind me of our mortality and how we need to live each day as fully as possible. one was also the template for our wedding rings (in which is written 'TILL DEATH' but now I wish read 'EVEN AFTER DEATH') I doubt whoever lived in this skull expected to be on my window sill in 2019 is it strange? i don't find them macabre, at all. they're shells. maybe 9 is a reincarnated witch's cat? ps. i didn't rob graves: I was given these some years ago by someone who also didn't rob graves. human and date unknown. #skull #yorick #unknown #shell #human #restinpieces #container #soul #mindemptiness #catsofinstagram #catoftheday #skulloftheday #skullandcrossbones #tiger #kitten  my agent @jsragency is going to donate his body to (my home) science (kit) when he dies

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today is global tiger day. @natgeo said today "tigers are the largest and most endangered big cats in the world: there may be as few as 3600 individuals left in the wild". here's me @mrperou feeding NIAS (or 'pyscho eyes' as I affectionately call him) @thebigcatsanctuaryuk where I spent last year getting to know some tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards and jaguars. I was invited to photograph the big cats at the sanctuary and decided that I wouldn't do that on long lenses in daylight, but that I'd borrow some superb #siros lights from @broncolor and set up a studio IN the cats' dens to shoot some up close portraits, in flash, to show how stunning these animals are. hopefully raising some awareness and some funds for the cats too. I wasn't scared of tigers or lions before I met them up close but now I have a healthy appreciation of how incredible and powerful they are. sadly not recorded on video, there were some 'moments' early on where nias and a white tiger called 'Narnia' let me know exactly how much they didn't like me. I took me months of visits just to get a first frame, and months before I could get this close to nias (he really didn't like the cut of my jib) the pictures, beautifully mastered by gary and @dippinsauce are going to hit a gallery show soon and there will be a charity auction for the pictures of the cats at the same time. confirmed details will follow. this has been a long project and I am am SUPER excited to share the pictures finally. hope everyone who sees the photos will think about how we need to protect our wildlife. this project was only possible with the help of James, awesome @brionysm1th and other keepers at the sanctuary. the keepers are able to feed the tigers like nias, by hand.  I needed tongs because I (still) need to use my hands. I'm full against keeping animals in cages but I fully support the amazing work places like @thebigcatsanctuaryuk do, the care they give the cats in their charge and how important it is to protect the animals of our world. #bigcatsanctuary #nias #narnia #tiger #lion #cheetah #leopard #jaguar #conservation #wildlife @animalplanet  #natgeo #bigcatsofinstagram My agent @jsragency purrs when he’s happy

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As @idlesband didst say “the best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich” The best way to get over the loss of a loved furry one, is to get another one. (This isn’t the same for children, parents, husbands or wives) Here’s our new family member, unfairly tasked with filling the hole in our lives. Named by maximum: “9” Something to do with the amount of lives we hope he gets to enjoy. #kitten #furry #catsofinstagram #kittensofinstagram #iamnotanumber #number6areyiuintrouble? #revolution9 #mog #tomcat #topcat #cute #pussyparty #pussypower #pussy #countto9 My agent @jsragency once played catwoman in his local amateur dramatics

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imagine the confusion or how much trouble this AI would land us in. misunderstanding @MarilynManson just some of the AI guesswork I had to correct from the 3.5hr, 25,000 word auto-transcribed conversation I had with #marilynmanson about the pictures going in the photo-book we’re doing. I was tempted to leave it as it was, but it took hours of going back over the tapes to understand what was actually being said. some repeated words were transcribed differently each time but sometimes ze komputer was strangely perceptive 🤖 with it's chinese whispers. spoken (in fairness, sometimes mumbled) word followed by version/s I didn't make these up. see more on www.perou.co.uk/diary2 #ai #confusion #misunderstanding #robotlearning #speechimpediment #terminator #conversationpiece #wasteoftime #dictator #dication #dick my agent @jsragency can type 73 words a second, with one hand

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#heresoneimadeearlier in 2009 right at the start of the year on a dark, FREEZING cold, windy winter’s day, me @mrperou wonderful @robertmorrisonstylist legend @lordham and a poor young model, not blessed with a layer of insulating body fat, whose name i rudely don’t even know now (huge apologies) commandeered max keogh’s purple horse-box as a location vehicle and pitched up on #jossbay in kent for a glamorous, editorial fashion shoot. The wind was so strong I thought our high-end location vehicle might blow over as it rocked from side to side. The three crew of us were wearing @canadagoose and gloves: the poor model was wearing very little. I’m not sure now if it was the wind making her eyes water or if she was crying on set. Maybe both. I titled this story ‘the seaside is my home’ Which was true but bonus points if you can name the band. I often use lyrics in my story titles. This story ran in #planetmagazine (RIP #editorialisdying ) I shot 3 other fashion stories for planet: will post more. I like shooting faaaaashion, darling I like images 1 and 4 best but love the story whole. What you think? I’m not sure how many people saw it in the actual magazine when it was published and I haven’t put it online before. #fashion #fashionstory #locationshoot #whosideawasthis #locationlocationlocation #modelslife #nopainnogain #coldout #bts #noneedforawindmachine #windbygod #windymiller My agent @jsragency was there (in spirit) shouting ‘come on you pussies: this isn’t cold: this is almost tropical’

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object of desire #modelaford #ev #electricgreen #cars #carsofinsta #carsofinstagram @ford My agent @jsragency has a coal powered submarine

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just because I can, here’s another batch of @nickcaveofficial photos from our short session for @dazed in 1996. Recently rediscovered and rescanned from the climate controlled, sealed archive. Probably forgettable for him and unforgettable for me. Nick, if you get to see these, let’s have a rematch: I’ve improved over the last 23yrs, honest. #shotonfilm #filmisdead #nickcave #nickcaveartist #nickcaveandthebadseeds #birthdayparty #grinderman #legend #musician #director #portrait #photoshoot #picturesoftheday #nickcavefan My agent @jsragency thinks Grinderman is a reference to frottophilia

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In 1996 I photographed legend @nickcaveofficial in a hotel in west london for @dazed and confused magazine. 23 years later I’ve revisited the 40 frames of film I shot and realized I had more than I remembered. Here’s ten more of those frames. I guess I’ll send the rest to my syndicating agent @camerapress_photography #nickcave #nickcaveandthebadseeds #birthdayparty #grinderman #musician #artist #writer #director #nickcaveartist #nickcaveofficial My agent @jsragency thinks all my agents should settle things properly in a boxing ring

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one of my first shoots for @dazed and confused magazine in 1996. 40 frames only with super-dude, young @nickcaveofficial in a west london hotel room. As I printed them 23years ago and in contrast, how I scanned and worked the negs yesterday. Which do you prefer? It used to be that my mood would reflect how I printed: now it seems I do the same with post production. nick had been reading a heavy book like ‘the case for humanity in Christianity’ (or similar) and we didn’t really speak much. In my head I had it that I didn’t get very much variety but revisiting the negs, all 40 frames are different: nick obviously understands about “the more you give the more you get” in photos (and life) just like #tomwaits and @marilynmanson amongst others. I’ll post a bumper load of never seen before #nickcave pictures from that shoot here next because I haven’t really got anywhere else to place them just now. Let them be free. #rockstar #director #nickcaveandthebadseeds #nickcaveofficial #nickcaveartist #nickcaveart #dazed #writer #dazedandconfused #editorialphotography #thenandnow #birthdayparty # My agent @jsragency says a bad seed isn’t the same as a bad nut

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Who am I photographing, again, this week? @antanddec shot on film looking serious here in 2006 for #arenamagazine maybe at @stmartinslanesocial (?) I shot them in 2004(?) too (once more on film) for @qmagazineuk Looking forward to seeing them again and shooting some #DIGITAL @hasselblad : #filmisdead #hipsters #threeisthemagicnumber #thirdtimelucky #tvpresenter #tvgold #doubleact #nationsfavourite #antanddec #thereprise My agent @jsragency likes to shout ‘I’m an agent get me out of here’

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watching the epic #wimbeldon mens’ final yesterday, lucy asked, ‘do you earn money syndicating your pictures of #novakdjokovic still?’ ‘Not for a while: not sure why’ I said. Maybe because he looks SO young in my pictures from when I photographed him in 2007(?) And whoever I was shooting him for said he shouldn’t be holding a tennis racquet (why??) He was friendly, humble and charming when I photographed him in Monaco. I photographed @anaivanovic #anaivanovic at the same time. I was cheering for Novak yesterday even if everyone else seemed to be cheering for (the ‘old man’ underdog #rogerfederer Congratulations @djokernole Back in the day he was wearing #adidas and #y3 #tennis #champion #sportsstar #athlete @adidasy3 @adidas @lacoste @novakfoundation @novakdjokovicfp @novakdjokovic___fanpage @novakdjokovicfans My agent @jsragency says 37 isn’t old or time to retire even if you are a multi-millionaire My syndicating agent @camerapress_photography will be happy to take requests for these pictures 😂

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happy cat oct 2017- July 2019 #RIP with great sadness, we're coming to terms with the fact that our #cat, 'happy' was probably the cat the council bin-men scraped off the road, round the corner from our house, at 6am this morning he went out on the kill last night and did not return. would have been more fitting if the local wildlife had put out a contract on him, or if he'd been eaten by some kind of bigger predator probably hit by car though. hopefully sudden and not painful. as much of a psycho bastard as he was, he was very lovable, vocal, had a large character beyond his size and we will all miss him terribly. me more than I thought I would, it seems A bon viveur, gone too soon. he was an outside cat though and took his chances: I wouldn't have wanted to deprive him of the wind in his fur, the sun in his face and the chance to stalk through undergrowth we'll be raising a glass to happy the cat: see you in your next life. if you don't 'get' cats or understand their importance in our world (or even if you just love cats) find a copy of #nobuyoshi araki’s 'Chiro my love' 🖤🖤🖤

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Here’s another picture of @borisjohnsonmp that wasn’t taken this week. (Shot for @thestmagazine before trump got in and when Boris was saying he would) ANSWER THE QUESTION a sad blunt attempt to mislead the British public: fairly standard Boris behavior. Wish there was someone (anyone) worthy of a vote in British politics. Wish we didn’t have to spend so much energy on politics and that we could leave them in charge to run our country without screwing us in pursuit of their own self-serving interests. #politician #borisjohnson #boriskarloff #borisbecker #boris #backoffboris My agent @jsragency for prime-minister

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#Repost @visitfaversham ・・・ Even tho I HATE lomo cameras and set one on fire 🔥 as a dirty protest when I was gifted one by lomo... This Saturday sees the opening of #capturefaversham Photography Exhibition where the winning entries for our social media competition will be unveiled. The Expert’s Choice Award was judged by famous-in-his-own-back-garden @mrperou, who also selected seven runners up. Hmm 🤔 can I remember who I chose? Was at least a week ago now. I DO remember the quality of work was very high and the subsequent exhibition will be worth a visit. Faversham’s always worth a visit. I visit regularly. And soon there’ll be a town wide celebration of the best of British photography with next year’s @favershamfotofestival #exciting #judgingagain #dontjudgeme #visitfaversham My agent @jsragency loves faversham so much he is thinking of parking his luxury 300ft triple story super yacht at the creek...just needs that bridge open.

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too busy to instaflan: here’s one of @lucyonthefarmwithdiamonds as usual, more behind the (ob)scenes on my ‘perou’s secret diary’ (shhh) www.perou.co.uk/diary2 i think I earned this weekend. #fuckedmyselfie #nosleeptillbedtime #perouontour #marilynmanson My agent @jsragency says sleeping’s for pussies 🐈

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these mythical beasts: the lost tapes of MM. On tour with @marilynmanson in 1999 I shot a lot of videos: live performance and #behindtheobscenes They were cut together by brother @billyukich (is how we met) and a tight, censored 1hr edit was included at the back end of the ‘god is in the tv’ video anthology. The director’s cut is 3hrs long and is UNcensored. I have a copy. @marilynmanson has a copy. Manson gave a copy to #johhnydepp Bill had a working copy but doesn’t anymore. I don’t have a vhs player to view the tapes I have and their quality is unknown. Going to check through them with bill next week in LA. Hoping we can pull some grainy black and white stills off it. Not that the book needs it: we already have 10x more pictures than we can fit in the book. We should probably have done a photobook for each album instead of one covering 21yrs. I still can’t believe it’s been 21 years 😳 #notcomingtoascreennearyousoon #notsuitablefortv #musicphotography #perouontour #vhs #ntsc #region1 #rock #marilynmanson #godisinthetv #lasttouronearth #archive #limitededition #rare #unseen #obscene #notforyoureyesonly My agent @jsragency represents a videographer, big on Instagram, who specializes in authorized #sextapes

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sooo...i have been sorting through the archive of negs, contacts, polaroids, my director’s cut of some never-seen-by-anyone but yours truly @mrperou @marilynmanson #johnnydepp and @billyukich video AND all the digital files. Now @peter_and_paul are putting them together before #marilynmanson hopefully puts pen to paper. In the middle of all the boxes I was reminded that I used to shoot test polaroids before every set up I shot on film (between 1998 and 2004) I have about a hundred, 1 of 1 original #polaroids of #Manson and I’m planning to put one in each of 100 special collectors’ editions of THE book. Unlike prints, these are not reproducible. I also have a box of c-type photographic prints from various shoots and some very special black and white hand prints of Manson at home which we shot for Q magazine back in the day. One of each of these prints will be in another set of collectible editions of the book. Oooooooo #special OR maybe we’ll just hide a few randomly in copies that aren’t collectors’ editions: just to be kind? #printsnotdead #collectable #collectible #collectibles #memorabilia #rockmemorabilia #rock #bookphotography #photography #photographybook #musicphotography My agent @jsragency says he’ll happily sign any books or autograph chests.

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#backseatdriver...I mean photographer: @zperou catching mum and dad aka the rents aka me and @lucyonthefarmwithdiamonds on the way back from squid, chips and champagne in #folkstone from his perspective: passenger. he SO wants to be driving but by the time he’s old enough, we’ll all be sitting in driverless cars. #thefutureisnotorange #technotechno #cadillacescalade #passengers my agent said next million I bring into @jsragency he’ll buy me an electric lambo 🚂

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best get someone else to do it for you happy bank holiday (in the UK) weekend y'all enjoy life be kind to each other #streetsign #ooer #horn #blowyourwhistle #signs #signlanguage #pleaseleavequietly my agent @jsragency plays the sousaphone

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When I was on tour with @marilynmanson In 1999 i’d wake up in an unknown city and go on walkabout with my camera before the show. I was shooting 35mm film and didn’t shoot many frames. (Unlike these days when I go on walkabout and shoot loads) Here’s a few frames I encountered whilst scanning #marilynmanson negs for the book. Some i can’t remember taking, and others are like half remembered memories: like confused fragmented flashbacks in a movie. I wish I’d shot more back in those days But I’m making up for it now... Asbestos: a recurring theme in my life. No people in these busy city photos: spooky eh? @lordham #conspiracytheory #filmisdead #analoguedreams #landscapes #cityscapes #perouontour #namethatcity These days my agent @jsragency employs a kid to photograph me taking photographs JUST for antisocial media content and so there’s no debate about where I’ve been, when or with whom: its great

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was I paying attention to the #signs ? took another three weeks after I took this picture, before I left the @marilynmanson american tour in 1999. I was a mess after : I was having difficulty with crowds...well actually, with groups of people...or just people. checked myself in to a little greek island with @lucyonthefarmwithdiamonds for a week and detoxed on a quiet beach. somehow, like childbirth (allegedly) I forgot how painful it was and ended up on the European, eastern European and Russian leg of the MM tour in 2001.  I've shot several #marilynmanson shows around the world since, but I've never done a tour again. there will be a lot of photos from the tours, the subsequent shows, BTS and hopefully some stills pulled from the (never seen before) director's cut of the footage in 2001 in THE book (as well as tons of unseen press session photos). the negs are all now scanned, digital images collated and we are mid design with @peter_and_paul looking to return to LA soon to write words. #printsnotdead #publishing #bookpublishing #photobook #rockphotography #musicphotography #perouontour #semiotics #semiology my AGENT @jsragency is planning for us to do a world tour of our own: signing books in the Bahamas, Palawan and Mauritius

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On tour with @marilynmanson in 2001. #Goodyear #blimp in the sky What’s the city? Somewhere in America. It’s not a quiz: I just don’t know. Most of my time touring with #marilynmanson was/is a blur I’m scanning negs of pictures I don’t even remember taking. Some CLASSICS though that I’m sure will never see the light of day. #oops #tourphotography #blackandwhite #monochromephotography #perouontour #filmisdead My agent @jsragency is planning to fly an illuminated JSR blimp over london.

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my current favourite sign. BEWEAR OF THE SNAKES 🐍 AND GAURD DOGS 🐕 #handwritten #sign #signofthetimes #design #folkart #spelling #inyard My agent @jsragency says I cunt spell

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finding forgotten gems: in 2001 i was on @marilynmanson 's tour in #russia. on a walkabout in the moscow snow, with big Pete doing security and some local heavies,  we came across this lady and her child. I didn't have a great time in Moscow and had a particularly difficult extraction: having to bribe my way OUT (vowing to never return) but it was an adventure and I saw some CRAAAAZY shit. i'm not sure I have enough pictures to accompany the memories for the book...i know i didn't get any photos with #harrisonford in that nutty, opulent club with nakid girls in cages and food...or the snowball fight outside after etc.. #backintheUSSR #motherrussia #monkey #animalcruelty #marilynmanson #perouontour #expedition #babyteeth #adventurephotography my agent @jsragency isn't planning on opening a Russian office

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what you doing this sparkly sunny, monday morning? we continue in the dark, frenetically scanning archive, grainy 35mm negatives of @marilynmanson in preparation for THE book. finding never-seen-before treasures, hidden in old neg boxes from my hermetically sealed, climate controlled neg store. everything I shot between 1998 and 2003 was shot of film #filmisdead by the way I was very s l o  w  getting into digital photography, professionally: not an early adopter. (although I DID have one of the first digital casio cameras and remember the day I visited the statue of liberty, having to explain to the security guards what a digital camera was and why it didn't have any film) when I started shooting manson backstage on tour he used to shout 'too slow' because my fixed lens camera wasn't even auto focus. I didn't shoot a lot of stills (I did shoot a lot of video: which is how I met @billyukich)  but I DO have some gems and they're all going in the book. since I started shooting digital in 2004, there is SO much more archive to be plundered and shared with those that care. we are RACING to get pictures together and the book designed before my returning to LA asap. #marilynmanson #book anyone who tells you #filmsnotdead is a foolish hipster: you can make digital look like film: you can't make film look like digital #dynamicrange #grain #speed #clarity #crispy #printISNTdead  #notcomingtoallgoodbookstoresnearyousoon #publishing  my agent @jsragency is preparing to publish his memoirs with all the juicy truths about the photographers he represents #NDA

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mr.paul kaye again (the last post 🎺) from one of my early shoots for @dazed and confused magazine. Shot at #clickstudios in #corshamstreet and again later (never seen before exclusives) with super-cool @chloessevigny at paul’s house, sometime after those #cannesfilmfestival polaroids. good times, all the time. I used to enjoy being reflected in people’s glasses in photos: like I remain present, or a visual signature. #dennispennis #mikestrutter #chloesevigny #scumgirl #holeysocks ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’ has nothing to do with my agent @jsragency

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on arrival, the nice customs booth made a flattering, quick, pencil sketch of me you can't see the lines, or the long-haul bags under my eyes this is how I think I look or how I like to think I look? when you squint or take you reading glasses off, it's probably how I look. #perception #self #booth #automatedphotography #automaticphoto #fresh #freshasadaisy #longhauled #beauty #abstract #portrait #AIart #whatyouseeisnotwhatyouget #misinterpretation  my agent @jsragency says this is the future

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as I'm digitising and packing THOUSANDS and thousands of @marilynmanson images from over 20 years of working together, before I fly out to LA tomorrow, to start selecting what's going in the book... here's one we shot for @viviennewestwood 's spring summer collection 05, shot at the #peroufactory #hackneywick in 2004 manson was leaning back on a stool being propped up by @robertmorrisonstylist  when I showed vivienne the original she wanted the stool, lights and robert left in. of course. here's the directors cut. maybe the original will be in the book? I have a pair of and still wear, those yellow snakeskin shoes #toofasttolivetooyoungtodie #viviennewestwood #fashion #fashioncampaign #marilynmanson #style #gentlemansclub #mensfashion #tailoring @setantabooks my agent @jsragency can levitate

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the signs are everywhere 👁 #illuminati in #faversham oo: there's a faversham photo competition! and boo: I can't enter because I'm judging the 'expert's choice' come to faversham (do not pass go. do not collect £200) take interesting photos, use #capturefaversham and tag @visitfaversham on antisocial medias (so we see your pictures) for a chance to win some decent prizes and be part of the exhibition  competition runs until 31st May. there's a people's choice and a so-called-expert's choice: everyone of every level welcome. "we are looking for the beautiful or unique, the imaginative or unorthodox, unusual aspects of the town, local characters, hidden gems or landmarks that capture the personality of this fascinating town, your memories & experiences of Faversham" Full entry details terms & conditions, along with the long list of prizes are on the Visit Faversham website now. good luck! no favours granted for those I knows hope to see you at the exhibition #photocompetition #visitengland #faversham #kent #kentlife #photocommunity #photographycompetition #photooftheday #travelphotography #streetphotography #photocompetitions #photographylover #exhibition my agent @jsragency won an award for his prize winning marrow at his local horticultural show 🍆😳

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Who are the Red Brigade walking in silence between Waterloo bridge and oxford circus? Part of @extinctionrebellion but better dressed and choreographed than most. Very photogenic. This protest needs more @waitroseandpartners shoppers. Unfortunately the well-meaning eco-warriors currently being arrested by the hundreds are too easily marginalized and ignored. London continues around them: just quieter in the middle, for the tourists. #extinctionrebellion #savethebees #savetheplanet #globalwarming #globalwarmingisreal #rebelforlife My agent @jsragency says ‘man made global warming is REAL’

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my favourite one-eyed pug, tulip 🌷 who lives with my friend: arguably the best lager...I mean, definitely the greatest living, sculptor lady, in the world: her artness @cathiepilkington every time i shoot with cathie, I joke about stealing tulip. One day... #puglife #dogsofinstagram #dogoftheday #pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram #pugclub #piratepug #dog #animalovers My agent @jsragency says ‘kids: don’t do pugs!’

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had the privilege of photographing #British #actor #bobhoskins a couple of times. my brief for our first shoot in 2005, round his role in #unleashed was to shoot him as a blue collar worker. We met at the old #peroufactory in #hackneywick and walked across to my neighbours #bywaters recycling plant where I’d arranged to shoot. I was definitely channeling @christophergriffithstudio again on this shoot (but I wasn’t allowed to put bob in a digger bucket). It’s VERY hard to find locations like this that will allow you to shoot in: so still big thanks to bywayers. Bob was super-obliging and professional: never complaining once about standing in rubbish with dust and detritus in the air, surrounded by huge, noisy machines. It was very un-glamorous. I was very taken by his humility and loved photographing him in character. We didn’t speak about much: couldn’t really because of the noise anyway. He arrived, did his piece and left. #locationlocationlocation #locationshoot #editorialphotography #performance #monalisa #longgoodfriday #bestofbritish My agent @jsragency watches #whoframedrogerrabbit twice a year

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today’s london office where i be (re)directing a @maccosmetics veedeo with @dominic_mua (straight off his latest televisual appearance on #glowup ) AND @dnodna @alexisdayhmu @darkfablerich @soundset.creative @mariamonfortplana this has been an @jsragency production. #quietplease #soundstage #movingimage #makeup #makeuptutorial #makeupartist #makeuplife #makeuplooks #makeupideas #makeupartistsworldwide #beauty #director #pinkneon I’m not a #fascistdirector

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#boysandgirls is one of my favourite albums, ever. Ahead of its time and amazing production. so I was very excited to photograph bryan ferry at his studio in earls court, which was full of old keyboards and synths. bryan was kind enough to sign a copy of the album for me. I still had the ability to play cds then. while we were shooting he said that he’d love to do something different, maybe with @marilynmanson inspired makeup. I liked the idea of photographing bryan doing a wild, different look so when @flauntmagazine offered me some pages to do it, I contacted bryan’s people and said what we’d discussed. don’t know if bryan changed his mind or if it was an executive decision by his people, but word came back that bryan would only consider wearing a tux and no makeup. as i’d already done this, i declined a reshoot and the feature was dropped. no interest in repeating myself, unless I’m being paid a shit-ton of ca$h: then i’ll happily do it all day. I want to create: not be sedate. #bryanferry still a slick looking dude. #portraitphotography #photoshoot #photography #musicphotography #slavetolove #exit #brexit #dontstopthedance #roxymusic #handsomeman #bestofbritish #editorialphotography @bryanferry_roxymusic My agent @jsragency is the chosen one

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#siouxsiesioux and #thecreatures PART 2 This first shot was definitely for @globevco @flauntmagazine and @greggarry wrote the words. early doors I think the other shots of budgie and siouxsie were from some kind of press session we shot at #peroufactory and the other shot of them (from our first shoot) was for @timeoutlondon shot in a setbuild @holbornstudios The idea of doing something romantic and ethereal was ok but the execution is a bit cringe: shot on film and diffused with a pair of tights in the darkroom again. I should probably rescan and remix this. One day I will. #conceptart #photoshoot #siouxsiesioux #siouxsieandthebanshees #budgie #powerfulwomen #rock #gothgirl #musicphotography My agent @jsragency likes to hang upside down. He is not a vampire 🧛🏻‍♂️

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#siouxsiesioux wearing @pamhoggfashion with mine and @jemrigby ‘s #tonkinese cat, ‘sensimilia’ (our other cat was called ‘charlie’) Siouxsie loves cats. (All the best people do) shot in our penthouse on curtain road 1997(?) Was this shot for @globevco and @flauntmagazine too, for the piece @greggarry wrote? I know another shot of Siouxsie suspended in the air was for that feature, which I will post later. I’ve shot Siouxsie a few times: always a pleasure. I listened to a LOT of #siouxsieandthebanshees growing up. Always good to meet a hero/ine who lives up to expectation The first image here was shot on film and printed through a stretched, light denier tight for that diffused feel. It was a phase. #legend #artist #musician #singer #powerfulwomen once a #goth not always a goth #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #pussy #pussycat #chickenwire #thecreatures My agent @jsragency has a Hong Kong garden

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Just in... #Repost @pjharveyofficial ・・・ @pitchfork have premiered two tracks taken from my forthcoming original score album to the stage adaptation of All About Eve, out this Friday, April 12. Both tracks, ‘Descending’ and ‘The Moth’ were recorded with musicians @jamesfjohnston and @kenrickrowe. ‘The Moth’ features vocals by @lilyjamesofficial. Photo courtesy @mrperou - - - Of beautiful @gilliana And #lilyjames from the session we did for their brilliant show #allabouteve

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sometimes I like to state the obvious. in the early days of @british_sea_power I thought it best if I was the first person to head out to the english channel and photograph this band at sea. another cool open commission from @globevco for @flauntmagazine I forgot I get seasick  I was shooting on FILM (on a mamiya RB67) from a similar fishing boat that I had commandeered on the day to take us half a mile out. the sea looks kind of still in this picture but this was the ONLY frame of 30 where the band's boat was in shot. between their boat going up and down and my boat going up and down in opposite directions, it's a miracle I got anything. even changing films, balancing (hands on camera not on boat) over sloppy fish guts with the horizon line going up and down a few meters each way, was a challenge. one of my favourite bands and favourite band shots though. no pain no gain. I don't like lazy photos of bands standing in front of walls (even though I've done them and IF it catches that moment in time...) I am always trying to find THE iconic image, remembering that photography is a language so you might as well say something. #britishseapower #brighton #idoliketobebesidetheseaside (more than bobbing up and down in a boat) #rockband #iconography #photography #conceptual #artdirection (ME) #artdirector #photographer #perouontour #musicphotography #sussexbythesea #semiotics #semiology #englishchannel #bestofbritish  my agent @jsragency has a 60ft yacht with a helipad he lets me borrow on occasional weekends

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"fake, fatuous and full of hot air" no, they're not talking about me: here's my latest with @rosedesignuk for the @EnglishNationalOpera THE MIKADO by Gilbert and sullivan I grew up on Gilbert and sullivan shows performed by various amateur dramatic companies around the south of england. looking forward to seeing this wonderful production at the #LondonColiseum and thrilled to have shot my first poster for the #ENO and #rosedesign coincidentally the CEO of the ENO is Stuart Murphy who commissioned my first TV appearance on BBC(3) with 'a picture of africa' in 2002(?) which saw me shooting round Africa with biker gangs, drag queens, diamond divers, banned heavy metal bands and kids with albinism. poor titipu: I just COULDN'T get the timing right on his heel click: he had to do this at least fifty times: shooting on my digital hasselblad with a super-fast 1 frame a second motor-drive  #englishnationalopera #themikado #gilbertandsullivan #inflatable #balloonman #mrcreosote #pink #conceptart #pinkmakesthegirlswink  my agent @jsragency says 'a wafffa thin mint monsieur?'

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#Repost @pavementlicker ・・・ Ludwig von T-bone woulda been honored to be part of (awesome zine) Pavement Licker No.11 (as I am). Lucy just reminded me: he was an ACTUAL pavement licker! I forgot that when I was asked to submit a picture. I guess he liked the feel of the pavement on his tongue? It was his thing. That and chasing shadows of low flying birds and awful flatulence. I miss this little, loyal, stinky, daft frenchie. I came back from a disastrous skiing holiday, a couple of years ago, with a broken knee and he’d died in our absence, aged 6 after ingesting unknown poison and having a terrible few days in and out of emergency vets. We didn’t know till we called to go and collect him. 😥 Photo by me @mrperou #pavementlicker #printisntdead #printedmatter #zine #puppies #puppylove #puppyoftheday #dogoftheday #bigears #dogsofinstagram #frenchie My agent @jsragency can often be heard singing the ki-Ora song ‘too orangey for crows: it’s just for me and my dog’ 🐶

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In 1998 I shot a @timeoutlondon Easter magazine cover of @marilynmanson with the byline ‘Jesus Christ?’ No-one complained. A year later in 1999, I was asked to do another Easter cover for timeout magazine: this time with @davidbeckham and LOADS of people complained how sacrilegious this was. Even the arch-bishop of Canterbury wrote in to complain how DB being crucified on the cover was not ok. But david WASN’T being crucified: he was just holding rosary beads 📿 (amazing: there’s an emoji for these). I confused things with my opening gambit ‘murderer’, I said. ‘Eh?’ Said everyone. ‘You kinda killed emu and rod hull: he died falling off his roof trying to tune his tv aerial in, to watch your football match’. It was 20yrs ago: my brilliant sense of humor and easy way on shoots hadn’t quite developed then. David arrived bright red: he’d fallen asleep on a sun bed and asked if there was anything I could do about it, photographically. It was days before photoshop-on-everything, so all I could offer was to print him green (to counter the pink) David also turned up with @victoriabeckham with Brooklyn, a baby in her arms: later declining my offered free family photo, there and then, because they didn’t want Brooklyn in the press 😳 There was a sweet moment when David said ‘which pose shall I do now, Tor?’ And she replied, ‘do the one where you bite your lip: you look really cute when you do that’ So he did. I’d photographed Victoria before as a spice girl and I’ve photographed david a couple of times after this. He’s rudely handsome and a very charming man. There were HEAVY restrictions on syndicating pictures round then and often, when I asked, I was refused to re-run this as ‘david has a new hairstyle and this image is no longer relevant’ Reckon it, and he, are aging very well though. More from before will follow... #davidBeckham #victoriabeckham #poshspice #spicegirls #roddhull #emu #footballcrazy #football #jesuschrist #portrait #brooklynbeckham My agent @jsragency bends it like beckenham (sic) Ps. Days before photoshop on everything: notice the dirty cuff on David’s shirt? Would never happen now

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loved @rickygervais brilliant new show #afterlife made me laugh and cry in the same episode. here’s some from a shoot we did in 2014 for #eventmagazine. Styled by @maureenstylist #actor #comedy #portrait #comedian #rickygervais #editorial #editorialphotography #tv My agent @jsragency says @dnodna might be ricky’s twin brother separated at birth.

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Something to consider #Repost @brionysm1th ・・・ Riddle me this... Something which drives me round the bend: I want to buy 4 cans of beans. I can buy them in their individual cans knowing everything will either be eaten or can be recycled.... or I can get a DISCOUNT if I buy them held together with plastic. Really?? After all the videos of marine animals which have died with kilos of plastic in their stomach, after heart wrenching videos of turtles with straws being removed from their noses, really? Money off for being less earth conscious? Big companies need to start rewarding individuals for making the right choices. That way big change can be made! LET’S USE LESS PLASTIC!! #plasticfree #makegoodchoices #simplesolutions #conservation #litter #savetheturtles #savetheplanet #planetearth #heinzbakedbeans @tescofood @sainsburys @asda @waitroseandpartners @morrisons

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our firstborn @max1mumdamag3 approaching his 17th birthday with a new shade of #hair  by @vicki_lord_hair (purveyors of hair styles and colourings in canterbury city) no matter how many weights we tie to him (like a #bonsaitree) he STILL keeps growing. he's turning into a fine young man and brilliant artist. #artist #youngman #son #blonde #thischarmingman #canterbury #tennager My agent @jsragency has recently dyed his hair pillar box red

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legs 11 some nuns wear more rubber than others @nina_kate with some unholy heels on set with @marilynmanson for #wkwyfl  these boots are not for sale #nunsontherun #rubberstockings #crossoflorraine #killerheels #fetish #legs #tattoo #unholy #shinythighs #pervoshine #longlegs #marilynmanson my agent @jsragency says talc first

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Another #ScottWalker shot from almost 20yrs ago, who died today. I’ve been thinking about the pictures I took of Scott. At the time I wasn’t very happy with these shots and I felt I hadn’t really connected with a ‘difficult’ (maybe shy, like me) sitter. But looking again, there’s actually quite a bit of non-verbal communication and a reveal that perhaps I didn’t appreciate at the time. Loving (now) his wry smile as he lifts his glasses and shows his eyes. At the time I took these I also wouldn’t be seen without sunglasses on. RIP Scott I’d like to think they bury you /cremate you in your shades. Shot @holbornstudios #popstar #pioneer #artist #rip #enigma #walkerbrothers My agent @jsragency wears mirrored contact lenses: it’s quite disconcerting

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Almost 20yrs ago I photographed musician #scottwalker who died today. I wouldn’t say Scott was easy to photograph: he was polite but very quiet and insisted on wearing his sunglasses at all times (like me...although I did get some frames without him wearing frames). One of the best parts of my ‘job’ is meeting interesting people and talking with them about their interesting stuff. When people don’t talk about stuff, I feel like I’ve missed out somehow. I think a good portrait needs to connect on a conversational level too. I gotta get a glimpse of someone’s personality not just a reflection of what they look like. Or send a passport booth to take the photo? Anyway, RIP Scott I’d like to think they bury you /cremate you in your shades. Shot @holbornstudios #popstar #pioneer #artist #rip #walkerbrothers My agent @jsragency wears polarizing varifocal originals by Gianni Versace

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#maya the #blackjaguar @mayathejaguar @thebigcatsanctuaryuk is made of velvet and just soaks up light. just a little bit hard to photograph but easier than tigers, it turns out. since june(?) last year I've been working on this project, photographing the big cats at #thebigcatsanctuary  a little bit ambitious and a little bit tricky  but very very worthwhile. soon we'll be finished and all will be revealed. thankyou urs and dogan @broncolor for the extraordinary lights  thankyou everyone at the big cat sanctuary thankyou gary @dippinsauce who makes good photos great photos #savethecats #savetheplanet #jaguar #wildlifephotography #bigcat #meow #theeyeshaveit #eyes #stunning #power #pussy my agent @jsragency chuffs like a tiger

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our #mrbunny in conversation with a chair in a momentary blast of sunlight this morning. it’s not a double chin: it’s just the way his collar fits 🙁 not much concerns this dog. No.1 💭 FOOD! No.2 💭 ‘what was that noise?’ No.3 💭 ‘oh god, it’s that cat again’ He is a loved, stinky, loyal dog #alapaha #alapahabluebloodbulldog #blueblood #bulldogsofinstagram #bulldog #dogsofinstagram #dogsoftheday My agent @jsragency has a chihuahua called ‘Neptune’

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Sharing is caring. For the large majority of active @marilynmanson fans here, i present another from our first #pressphoto session, done in a hotel room in #amsterdam in 1998. Manson is wearing an amazing piece by my dear friends @whitakermalem (check them out) This is before the days of retouching: no photoshop here: shot on film. #filmisdead #godisinthetv #marilynmanson #manson #rockstar #rock #godoffuck #transmorphic #superpeople #mechanicalanimals #picoftheday #rockphoto #rockphotographer #rockphotography #artist #musicphotography #musicphotographer #legend #glamour #beauty #epic #icon #holywood My agent @jsragency has an #allenjones table in his office