Mark Baker was the in-house photographer for Operation Twilight, The Pale Fountains first record label. He and his brother Dave, a graphic designer, effectively defined the distinctive look of the label and the band. If you ever saw an early photograph of The Pale Fountains and marveled at the sheer beauty of that band, chances are it was a shot by Mark.
When the band moved to Virgin, they took Mark with them and he has remained a close associate ever since. When he exclusively shot the photographs to accompany the release of Pacific Street, with hindsight, he unwisely sent all the negatives to Virgin to enable them to prepare the artwork. Virgin’s notoriously shambolic approach to archiving meant that they were never returned to him. All that remains in Mark’s possession from those sessions are a few contact sheets like the one above.
Mark plans to release signed, limited edition sets of the remaining contact sheets in the New Year. More details to follow on his facebook page here.