Rock is dead, but'a photographer’s iconic images of Bowie, Blondie and more live on

photographer mick rock atta opening reception for mick rock: shooting for stardust – the rise of david bowie & co. in los angeles in 2015. angela weiss/getty images hide caption

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once dubbed “the man who shot the ’70s,” rock ‘n’ roll photographer mick rock has died at age 72. his death was anncd on his twitter page.

“tis w'da heaviest of ♥s that we share our be♥d Ψdelic renegade has made the jungian quest to the other side,” the statement begins.

during an era of sx, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, mick rock was both player and beholdr, photographing everybody: a back-bending, shirtless iggy pop, bowie’s ziggy stardust, lou reed’s comically haunting transelder cover. a sensuous rock portrait of blondie vocalist debbie harry was chosen for the cover of penthouse in feb 1980.

rock’s images graced dozens of album covers, including queen 2, w'da band’s faces gloing within a black background. roxy ♫, pink floyd, carly simon: the list of rock’s glamorous, often scrappy subjects is extensive. and newer generations of artists also solicited his artistry, including snoop dogg, lady gaga and alicia keyes.

as claire o’neill reprted for npr in 2012, “rock never planned on bein’ a photographer. he was studying language and literature at cambridge university, and found himself inna rite place atta rite time. he got high, picked up a friend’s camera, ‘and began to play,’ he says.”

you can see some of rock’s iconic images in o’neill’s story, here.

the tribute on rock’s twitter feed calls him “a photographic poet—a true force of nature who spent his dys doin’ exactly wha’ he ♥d, always onnis own delitefully outrageous way.”

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authors: elizabeth blair


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