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December 15, 2023

Betty Davis Photographed by Fin Costello in New York in February 1976

Fin Costello was born in Glenamaddy in Galway, Ireland and grew-up in Cork by St Lukes. He emigrated to London when he was 19 years old, and took up a trade as a sailmaker. In 1966, he began photography as a hobby and discovered he had an aptitude for it, initially beginning working for magazines as a sports photographer, but soon moved onto working with bands.

In 1971, Costello got his big break when a friend asked him to photograph some bands at a gig. The venue was a place called the Roundhouse, where many established and upcoming bands would play. The gig started at 12 noon and continue on through to 12 that night, with band after band getting up on stage to play a few songs. One of the bands he photographed was called Argent, who were about to have a hit with the song “Hold Your Head Up”. Costello’s photos were used on the album’s artwork and within a month he was taking photos for the likes of Uriah Heep, Humble Pie and Deep Purple.

In 1981, Costello’s photograph of Duran Duran featured on the front cover of the band’s debut album Duran Duran.

In a career spanning 40 years, Costello has worked with some of the most influential names in the music business, including Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, The Police, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Kiss, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.

These photos are part of his work that Fin Costello took beautiful portraits of Betty Davis in New York in February 1976.

(Photo © Fin Costello)


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