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Maripol Shot Rock: The Photographer On Her Polaroid of Madonna

 © Maripol, Madonna, Danceteria, New York City, 1983
Maripol with son, Lino

By Maripol

When I arrived in New York from France, still fresh from the École des Beaux-Arts school of arts, I didn’t have a clue what an artist was supposed to do. Being a girl, I loved fashion and I loved to make accessories. I also really loved to snap photos with my Polaroid SX 70 camera. It was pretty much like my clutch bag.

I first met Madonna one night in 1983, a time when the music scene was amidst change: disco had just died, Hip-hop and rap were on the rise and clubs like the Roxy and Danceteria were showcasing a great mix of performers.

On that night, Fab 5 Freddy was about to take the stage at the Roxy and he asked me to recruit some cute girls to dance with him up on stage. I spotted Madonna, whom I knew from the city’s club scene, hanging out with my good friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. I asked her if she was wearing a nice bra and if she minded taking her top off to dance on stage. She thought I was out of my mind…and the rest is history.

I shot this Polaroid right before Madonna’s own performance in 1983 - at Danceteria. She was very young but just as gorgeous as she still is today. There is only one Polaroid like it that captures this moment. I love the way she looks at me and also love seeing her lips through the glass while she drank (her favorite drink was a dry Martini). The cigarette in the photo is not lit. We all smoked back then but we also liked them for attitude.

The image captures a couple of my fixations: fashion & accessories – all with another love of mine: my Polaroid camera.

I am delighted to share this private moment in such a great show like Who Shot Rock & Roll with the public.

See More of Maripol's images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 7, 2012. Learn more about her on her official website.

The Rundown For This Saturday's Concert

Our free summer concert series,Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live, which we are presenting in conjunction with KCRW continues this Saturday, July 21st, with Portugal. The Man (yes, that additional period is their own). The band will perform live to celebrate the 40th anniversary of album The Slider by T. Rex, who were one of their early influences. Taking place just outside of the Annenberg Space for Photography, the event will also feature DJs Dan Wilcox and Gary Calamar spinning before Portugal. The Man's performance.

Please note that attendees will be granted entry on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit capacity. RSVP does not guarantee entry. If you are coming in a large group, we recommend that everyone show up at the venue together. We can only accommodate the first 4,000 guests. One wristband per person will be distributed at check-in. No ins & outs, including access to your car in the garage, are allowed.

Additionally, chairs, umbrellas, pets are not allowed into the venue. There will be food carts available for purchase and a beer garden will be open for those who are 21+. No outside beverages or alcohol are allowed but you are welcome to bring your own food and picnic blankets. Please note, these purchases are also cash only. Restaurants in the complex that will be open to provide food include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Habanero Grill, Piknic, Sen Asian Kitchen, and The Stand.

The general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to see Who Shot Rock & Roll from 11am - 5pm on Saturday without having to wear a wristband. After 5pm, the Space will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm.

Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park is a flat rate of $1. You must bring cash and pay upon entry. If the underground parking is closed when you arrive, this means the concert is already at capacity. Therefore, we strongly advise against finding alternate parking in the area.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live is a free concert series created by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW to benefit the community. The Foundation supports the arts as part of its mission to share ideas and knowledge. The Annenberg Foundation and KCRW encourage you to continue to support the arts.

Follow both the Photography Space and KCRW on Twitter for real-time updates on capacity on the day of the show.

Read all about Moby's amazing show last weekend, our first entry in this free concert series. Looking forward to celebrating rock & roll and photography with the community on Saturday - see you then!

Moby Rocks The Annenberg Space for Photography

What an amazing night this past Saturday! It was such a delight to see the Los Angeles community experience live music and photography in one place. Everyone there had a fantastic time taking in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit, listening to Jason Bentley spin and then watching Moby perform live. Thanks to everyone, inlcuding our partners over at KCRW, for making the first Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live event a huge success!

People in the park by the Photography Space get settled in and have some fun before the start of the show.

KCRW's Jason Bentley took the stage at the beginning of the event spinning tunes for an hour and a half before Moby's performance.

One of the thousands in attendance - Who Shot Rock & Roll photographer, Ed Colver!

Enjoying the music during the show.

We even had what might be a first at the Photography Space - a hula hooper!

Then it was time for Moby, who started his set with an awesome acoustic performance of his hits as well as some really interesting covers, such as Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

He finished the night off with a DJ set...

Which the crowd just loved!

The music scene wasn't just outside. It was also inside the Space.

Throughout the night, most of the crowd came in to see the Who Shot Rock & Roll photo exhibit and the accompanying short film.

The entire park outside of the Space for Photography was transformed into one giant celebration of music and culture. So great to bring so many people together for this! Remember Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live continunes this Saturday with Portugal.The Man and then Raphal Saadiq & Band of Skulls perform on August 4th. Should be a rocking good time!

Photos by Unique Nicole at the Space

Coming to the Space on Saturday? Read this first...

You may have heard by now, but just in case you haven't, we're having a little concert series on three separate Saturdays ths summer. Our concert on July 16 will feature Moby, July 21 Portugal. The Man, and August 4th, both Raphael Saadiq & Band of Skulls. In order to gain access to the show on those nights, concertgoers will be required to wear wristbands.

However, the general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to take in Who Shot Rock & Roll without a wristband but only from 11am - 5pm on those Saturdays. After 5pm, the Space and its galleries will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm those nights.

So if you don't plan to watch the concert, come early! That way you'll avoid all of the crowds. See you at the Space!

Our Free Moby Concert is this Saturday

We're excited for this Saturday's Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live concert with Moby! KCRW's Jason Bentley will be DJing on stage that night, too. It's going to be a real fun night. Whether you're coming to the Space to see the photography exhibit or just the concert, here's a quick rundown of some important info you'll need for that day.

For those of you who have re-confirmed your RSVP for this event through KCRW, please note that attendees will be granted entry on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit capacity. We are only able to accommodate the first 4,000 guests. One wristband per person will be distributed at check-in. Concert check-in begins at 5pm and the show will take place from 7:00pm - 10pm. 

No outside food & beverage is allowed but most of the restaurants in the park will be open, including Piknic, Craft, The Stand, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. There will also be a beer garden for those who are over the age of 21. No chairs, umbrellas, pets, or outside food & beverage (including alcohol) are allowed into the venue.

The general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to see Who Shot Rock & Roll from 11am - 5pm on Saturday without having to wear a wristband. After 5pm, the Space will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm.

Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park is a flast rate of $1. You must bring cash and pay upon entry.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live is a free concert series created by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW to benefit the community. The Foundation supports the arts as part of its mission to share ideas and knowledge. The Foundation and KCRW encourage you to copntinue to support the arts.

Follow the Photography Space and KCRW on Twitter for real-time updates on capacity on the day of the show. See you then!

Jill Furmanovsky Shoots 'A Rising New Star'

By Jill Furmanovsky

Musician Johnny Borrell of Razorlight was the first person to tell me about Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. He was very impressed with her way back in 2007 and they worked on a few demos together. Johnny invited me to attend a rehearsal at John Henry's rehearsal studio in North London where the two, together with a small backing band, were working on an arrangement for what became "Throwing Bricks."

Florence was a charismatic presence even then. She had that huge voice which filled the room, and as she sang she beat the shit out of a snare drum to illustrate the anger and rage of a song about a woman who builds a man brick by brick and then he becomes stronger than her - an extraordinary song.

 The lighting was nasty - florescent tubes with just a glimmer of daylight through a small window. I took my position to the side of Florence to get a plain background and used the highest shutter speed possible. Her hair was flying and her hands a blur.  Over and over again the four musicians worked on this song and recorded it finally on an old Sony tape recorder.

When I came to edit the shoot I went for the image up top of her in full flow, barely sharp. To make it more powerful I cropped out the drums and the microphone which took the image out of context leaving a simpler image - one that reflects the unleashed raw power of a great rock singer giving it her all. 

Some hours later Florence and Johnny left the studio on Johnny's motor bike. Florence sat on the back, one hand hanging on to Johnny, the other clutching the tape player to her head and swaying dangerously as they rode away.  It is entirely just that she has gone on to become a rising new star.

See more of Jill Furmanovsky's images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 7, 2012. Learn more about Jill on her website, www.rockarchive.com.

Above three images: Florence Welch rehearsing at John Henry's Oct 2007, © Jill Furmanovsky / www.rockarchive.com  - Florence Welch rehearsing at John Henry's Oct 2007

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Opening Gala Photos

On the day of the Who Shot Rock & Roll gala, the weather was great, the mood was festive and everyone was ready to rock!

Seven of our exhibit featured photographers posed for a group shot upstairs in the offices of the Annenberg Foundation: Norman Seeff, Jill Furmanovsky, Guy Webster, Bob Gruen, Lynn Goldsmith, Henry Diltz and Ed Colver. After a short private reception, everyone made their way downstairs for the big party.

Guests included David Fahey, who co-lectured at the Photography Space just last summer.

The photographers had a great time on the red carpet. In Who Shot Rock & Roll, the photographers are the rock stars!

Ed Colver, who is typically more comfortable behind the camera, gets playful in front of it. Pictured here with Webster.

James Stevenson, Gary Twinn, Glen Matlock, & Frankie Infante.

Diane Lane arrives at the gala with her daughter.

Actor Tim Robbins chats it up with Bob Gruen.

Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, poses with Fran Drescher, Bob Gruen and comedian Richard Lewis.

Ann & Nancy Wilson, members of legendary rock band Heart, arrive to the party and pose with Wallis Annenberg. They were the surprise performance that night!

Dweezil & Moon Zappa on the red carpet. An image of their father, Frank Zappa, (by Jerry Schatzberg) is featured in the exhibit. Read Moon's personal thought on this photo here.

Diane lane takes in the great photos in the exhibit.

Actor Scott Caan and friend pose at the party.

Lauren Greenfield, who has been a featured photographer in two of our past exhibits!

Actress Mena Suvari poses in front of Albert Watson's wonderful large print of Michael Jackson.

Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Leonard Aube made remarks about the exhibit before introducing....

Wallis Annenberg! Wallis spoke about the exhibit and the photographers before introducing the night's surprise performance...

Heart!

Ann & Nancy Wilson rocked!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a special night. We hope everyone has a chance to visit to the Photography Space and check out this very special exhibit!

Photos by Unique for the Space and Lestor Cohen/Wireimage

Bob Gruen on Debbie Harry

Max’s Kansas City was opened by Mickey Ruskin on Park Avenue in New York City in the 1960’s.  It soon became a hangout for artists, including Andy Warhol, whose studio was nearby, and Debbie Harry, who worked as a waitress at the club. In the early 1970's Mickey left and Tommy Dean reopened Max’s as a hangout for rock & roll bands and their followers. Blondie played there - often opening for the New York Dolls and later as headliners. 

This photo of mine shows Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, at Max’s in July 1976.  Debbie recently told me she made the dress herself from a pillow case she found on the street. The somewhat military-like hat she’s wearing in this photo was meant to dramatize a song with some German lyrics that she sang in a Marlene Dietrich-like style.

See this image and more in Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film, part of the Who Shot Rock & Roll photography exhibit running at the Annenberg Space for Photography now through October 7, 2012.

Photo: © Bob Gruen. Debbie Harry at Max's Kansas City in New York, NY, 1976.

I Shot Rock: Show Us What You Got

Have you shot rock & roll? If so, we want to see your photos!

Upload your own rock photos to Instagram, hashtag them #IShotRock and see them on the official campaign's feed here.

We want to see your concert photos, musician photos, etc and if one of your good friends happens to be a well-known grammy-winning musician, even a private portrait of him or her would be great.

The Annenberg Space for Photography has partnered with KCRW with this project which is all part of the Who Shot Rock & Roll photography exhibition. You might have also heard about the three part free concert series we are collaborating on with them this summer. Click here for those details.

So take to Instagram with I Shot Rock and show us what you got!

Moon Zappa on Jerry Schatzberg's Photograph of Her Father

By Moon Zappa

When I look at Jerry Schatzberg's photo of my famous father’s unsmiling face contrasted with his curly, onyx hair in pigtails (a notoriously joyful hairdo usually reserved for young girls) I have to laugh. Mr. Schatzberg has clearly captured my father’s dry, acerbic wit, his quiet, Buddha-like lucidity, and his naturally rebellious, boat-rocking essence. This is made all the funnier because my father hated having his photo taken.

On the few occasions I was brave enough to ask my father if I could snap his photo, his instant scowl of impatient annoyance was not worth the trouble, (nor what I wanted to remember). So, I waited and begged for the discards from the test Polaroid piles of his shoots with the Professionals of the Still Image Realm. Or I waited and used my mother’s sewing scissors to clip images of Frank Zappa from magazines and newspapers (like everyone else) and pasted the flimsy sheets in my family photo albums alongside fuzzy snapshots I had taken of my mom and my siblings.

Another reason this photograph floods my heart with joy is that I have been led to understand that long hair worn by men in the late 60’s was already an atypical and suspect sight for the times, but that the addition of a symmetrical up-do on a working man was almost criminal. Let’s just say none of my friends have photos of their awesome, heterosexual dads in pigtails in their scrapbooks from that same era.

I have heard it said that the optimist thinks the world is great just as it is, and that the pessimist fears this is true. I love this idea because the malcontent cannot tolerate stagnation and MUST cultivate and protect aliveness. Here, in Mr. Schatzberg’s remarkable image, he illuminates this paradox; from beyond the grave my father continues his steadfast work of challenging us to question assumption, to not settle for the numbing habit of decorum for habit’s sake, to take action against anything that oppresses the human spirit, and to do so with the quiet confidence and humor of a true pessimist.

The photo of Frank Zappa is included in Who Shot Rock & Roll, running at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 7, 2012.

Top image courtesy of Jerry Schatzberg, Frank Zappa, "Himself", 1967. Right image courtesy of Diva Zappa.

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