“There were amazing bright moments amid all the chaos and that’s what I see in these images,” reflects photographer Blake Wood of his close friendship with Amy Winehouse.
The pair met during the height of the Jewish singer’s career, in 2007, just months after her celebrated Back To Black album received a staggering five Grammy Awards. But for all her success in her professional life, Amy’s personal life was spiralling into disarray.
Her wayward partner, Blake Fielder-Civil, had run into trouble with the law and she struggled to cope with alcohol and drug addiction, while under the ever-watchful eye of waiting paparazzi.
But “Good Blake”, as he was dubbed by the media, knew a different side to the troubled singer. For the next two years, the talented photographer captured an intimate visual diary of the soul diva, from performing in Paris to playing drums at her home studio in Camden and relaxing on the beach in St Lucia.
Ten years on, these previously unseen images reveal a carefree and life-loving Amy that few saw beyond the scandalous headlines, before her tragic death aged 27 in 2011.
Amy Winehouse by Blake Wood is published by Taschen, priced £40 (hardback). Out 27 July.