Born in Hull, he grew up at 34 De Grey Street, he 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, Joy Division 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” showcases 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 is open now at Hull School of Art & Design at Queens Gardens. This exhibition has been organised by Scott King, Lesley Dilcock and Toby McFarlan Pond in co-operation with Hull City of Culture and Hull School of Art and Design. The opening of the exhibition included a speech written by Richard Branson and Trevor’s colleagues from the early days of Virgin, the Lord Major unveiling a plaque dedicated to Trevor and recollections of priceless stories from family and friends. The event runs at HSAD until 18th October and includes a short film produced by Creative Review.
“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
“You’ll come to nothing John ‘Trevor’ Key”
Miss Gill, Primary School