Rob Ulitski - 27th Apr 2020

Joe Connor captures the eeriness of public spaces under lockdown, in the video for The Rolling Stones' Living In A Ghost Town. 

For the iconic rock group's latest release, Connor briefed photographers around the world (and Margate) to capture the changing landscape of iconic streets and buildings, while he recorded a desolate, empty London himself.

Intercut with intimate studio footage, the lo-fi fisheye aesthetic used more or less throughout the piece is particularly fitting for the current situation, shot off-the-cuff whilst traversing various roads, underground stations and trains.


Strange times call for strange perspectives and the fisheye felt like 'anti-framing'. 

"This was a global lockdown effort. We shot this video in LA, Toronto, London, Osaka, Cape Town, even Margate. I briefed some amazing photographers to capture their city using this unique viewpoint.

"I wanted to find a different way to depict what is happening around cities and neighbourhoods. Strange times call for strange perspectives and the fisheye felt like 'anti-framing'; a resonant way to depict these times. Shot and cut from my kitchen table for one of the best bands of all time. All social distancing was observed, safety was paramount."

PRO Credits


DirectorJoe Connor
ProducerFred Bonham Carter
Executive ProducerAlexa Haywood
PhotographerXCIV (Cape Town)
PhotographerSamantha Milligan (Osaka)
PhotographerJoe Connor
PhotographerNick Walker
PhotographerAmer Chadha-Patel
PhotographerKristian Engelsen
PhotographerJanick Laurent (Toronto)
EditorJoe Connor
Grading companyRichard Fearon
Post production companyBlack Kite Studios
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
CommissionerSemera Khan
LabelPolydor Records

Rob Ulitski - 27th Apr 2020

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