Dutch photographer, who started his career at 18. Photographing famous pop and rock stars, he made rare photographs of artists like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson during the 1970’s. By the end of the 1970’s, he was working in studios in Amsterdam and Hollywood.
Vanheye was famous for the open, informal atmosphere in his studios. There was great music and lots of food. His 1979 photo session with Kate Bush was scheduled for 30 minutes, but she sent away her entourage and stayed for six hours, with props like a fake dolphin and dresses by Fong Leng. His photographs of Kate Bush were used on the Japanese 7″ single for Symphony In Blue and in the unofficial box set Never Forever.
His photographs have been used for album and CD covers for The Rolling Stones, George Benson, Blondie and Tom Waits, among others.
He is now based in Amsterdam and works on his archive daily, selecting images for international art collectors, galleries and museums.
- Claude Vanheye. Gup Magazine, retrieved 7 October 2017.
- Famous Popstars in Amsterdam: het zware feest van de jaren ’70. Het Parool, 7 September 2012.