In the summer I went to the ‘Who shot rock and roll’ exhibition in LA, an exhibition that is currently still traveling round the world. As the title may suggest, it featured a veritable feast of ‘rock photography’ shot by the very best and featuring the very best. I feel that this particular type of photography is magic. The photographs of the live shows in particular capture magic that is over in less than a second, and it that cannot be recaptured or remade. The portraits where amazing in a different way. They offered in insight into the lives of artists that we idolise, personal moments which expose vulnerabilities that most people wouldn’t normally be able to see but are able to now because of the close relationship between the photographer and the artist. Anyway, the exhibition was amazing and really made me interested in photography by artist such as Andy Earl who did a lot of amazing portraits of Johnny Cash.
I also loved the photography by Bob Gruen, who is responsible for so many iconic photographs of some of the worlds biggest musicians in the world such as John Lennon’s roof top portrait in New York city. Here are a few of my favourites of his:
I love this photo because it almost seems bizarre to see three iconic characters (John Lennon, Yoko, and Mick Jagger) just sitting together and having a jam, most importantly none of them seem altogether conscious of the fact that their photo is being taken. I chose the photo below because I love the way movement has been captured. Elton John’s legs look a little blurry so the photo doesn’t look artificial, and to be honest… who wouldn’t want to see a picture of Elton John fly?
Here are two of my favourites of Bob Dylan taken by Barry Feinstein, I really like the emphasis the photos put on the artist being solitary or possibly lonely as an effect of stardom. I particularly like the juxtaposition between the crazed fans outside the limousine and the calm, completely unfazed Dylan inside the car.