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Steve Hiett, influential fashion photographer who gave up an early career in pop music after being electrocuted during a gig – obituary

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Steve Hiett
Steve Hiett Credit:  Fairchild Archive/Penske Media/REX

Steve Hiett, the photographer, who has died aged 79, began his career studying graphic design at the Royal College of Art, then became a lead guitarist and vocalist of the Pyramid, a “surf music” band he formed with Ian Matthews and Al Jackson; they had a hit record, Summer of Last Year, in 1967, and were tipped for fame by the critics.

But then Hiett grabbed an unearthed microphone stand during a concert and the resulting electric shock blew him off stage into the audience, breaking his back. He spent three weeks in intensive care, and although his wounds healed he developed a phobia of electric guitars and was too traumatised to go back on stage.

Instead, to keep himself involved in the music...

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