Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 - Present
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 to Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Courtesy of Ian Dickson/www.late20thcenturyboy.com
The Ramones at Eric’s Club, Liverpool, England

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 - Present was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator and author Gail Buckland, WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL is the first major museum exhibit on rock and roll to spotlight the creative and collaborative role that photographers played in the history of rock music.

The Los Angeles showing of this exhibit is the only one on the western coast of the United States and features an original short documentary film produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography. The film is shown in vivid detail on two 14’ by 7’ screens in 4K resolution and will feature new photographs, interviews and behind the scenes footage with exhibit photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. Shot in Los Angeles, New York and the United Kingdom, the film will also include appearances by recording artists such as Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins, as well as rock photography über-collector Michael Ochs, Grammy-winning album cover designer Gary Burden and guest curator and author Gail Buckland. The exhibit was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum with Buckland.

The exhibit features 166 prints from iconic photographers such as: Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Ed Caraeff, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Ed Colver, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Dennis Hopper, Richard Kern, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Laura Levine, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Shawn Mortensen, Marcia Resnick, Stephane Sednaoui, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson, Guy Webster and many others.

In addition, visitors see a slideshow of 80 images by Henry Diltz taken between 1966-1990 set to a soundtrack. Woven into the lively exhibit, brief music videos will include Sonic Youth’s Death Valley ’69 by Judith Barry and Richard Kern, U2’s One and Electrical Storm by Anton Corbijn, Grace Jones’ One Man Show by Jean-Paul Goude, The Vines’ Outtathaway by David LaChapelle and Björk’s Big Time Sensuality by Stéphane Sednaoui and a video of Elvis performing “Heartbreak Hotel” from the TV program, Stage Show.

The Annenberg Space for Photography partnered with acclaimed Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) to create a free live music series during the summer. KCRW’s influence in the careers of many musicians, both established and up-and-coming, is unquestionable. The Saturday night live music series created an exciting addition to Who Shot Rock & Roll and reminded music fans from across the city and beyond as to the importance live performances have played in the history of rock music. The series was free and open to the public.

Please be aware that some of the photographs and films in Who Shot Rock & Roll contain graphic imagery and language - including drug use, nudity, profanity, sexual content and violence - and may not be appropriate for all ages.

Ed Colver

Ed Colver is a self taught photographer who for about five years, five nights a week, was there to see L.A.'s punk scene erupt through 35mm camera with a 50mm lens. Colver became an underground mainstay from 1978 through '83 and was allowed footage of the city's most notorious fallen angels and anarchists in moments of riotous fury and honest candor in the front row or onstage at all the best shows in town. If you were at a concert during this era and he wasn't there, it's been said, you were at the wrong concert.

Ed Colver is a self-taught photographer who documented the inception of L.A.'s hard core punk scene through his 35mm camera.

His images were featured on over 400 record jackets for bands such as Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, Christian Death, T.S.O.L., Aerosmith, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  True to the punk ethos, during the 33 years that Colver has been shooting, he’s never run an ad, he’s never asked for work, he’s never had a published phone number and he uses personalized funeral sympathy cards as business cards.

Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz never set out to take some of the most iconic photos of our era, it just happened. Fresh from a globe-trotting childhood, he attended colleges in Munich, West Point, then Honolulu, and later became known as a musician and founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet. This led to his many friendships with recording artists of the California rock community in the 60s and 70s. Immersed in this world he accidentally discovered a passion for photography, which turned into obsession and occupation.

Henry Diltz was first known as a musician and member of the Modern Folk Quartet. As Diltz documented his friends in the California rock community in the 60s and 70s, he discovered a passion for photography, which turned into an occupation.

Album covers he shot included names like The Doors; The Eagles; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and James Taylor.  He was the official photographer at the Woodstock and Monterey festivals, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Life, Rolling Stone and Billboard.

Jill Furmanovsky

Brought up in Zimbabwe, Jill Furmanovsky moved to London in 1965.  Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney standing outside his house, taken on a Kodak Instamatic.  After only two weeks training in photography, she had a lucky break of getting the unpaid job of official photographer at London's premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre in 1972.  Artists photographed in her 40-year-career include Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Police, Led Zeppelin, Florence & the Machine and Noel Gallagher.  She has published several books of photography and created Rockarchive.com.

Lynn Goldsmith

Lynn Goldsmith has been a photographer for over 40 years. She has contributed to numerous books and has 11 of her own on varied subjects.  With over 100 album covers to her credit, she has been honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as numerous awards.  Her images have graced magazines including Rolling Stone, Life, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Paris Match and Elle.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and is the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery, MOMA, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection and more.

Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition. Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. Bob has worked with acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, & Kiss. He toured with emerging punk and new wave bands including the Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones and Blondie, and currently works with Green Day.

Linda McCartney

Linda Louise McCartney (née Eastman) was born in Scarsdale, New York, on 24th September 1941. Linda became a professional photographer in the mid-sixties. Her pictures during this period chronicled the musical revolution of the decade.

Whilst working as the house photographer at the Fillmore East in New York City she photographed many iconic musicians including; The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, B.B. King and The Doors.

Linda's photograph of Eric Clapton for Rolling Stone magazine's 11th May 1968 issue made her the first female photographer to have work featured on the magazine’s cover

Linda married Paul McCartney at Marylebone Registry Office, London, 12th March 1969.

Linda’s photography has done much to help promote the aims of many varied causes including the anti-fur lobby Lynx, Greenpeace, The Council For The Protection Of Rural England, Friends Of The Earth, The Great Ormond Street Hospital, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Hammersmith Hospital, The British Dyslexia Association, The Rye Memorial Hospital and War Child.

Linda continued to work prolifically as a photographer throughout her life, documenting, amongst other things, family life, landscapes and the natural world, interiors, and portraits of artists.

Despite her work as a photographer, animal life campaigner, cookbook author, musician and vegetarian pioneer, Linda said her greatest achievement was her and Paul’s four children.

Norman Seeff

Ex-medical doctor Norman Seeff emigrated from South Africa to New York in 1968 to pursue a career as a photographer, filmmaker and designer.  Three years later he relocated to Los Angeles as Art Director at United Artists Records, where his album cover designs and photography received many Grammy nominations.  He went independent in 1975 and has worked with hundreds of artists including Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Ike and Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell and many others.

Mark Seliger

Seliger started shooting assignments for Rolling Stone in 1987 and became their Chief Photographer in 1992.  During his time there, he shot over 125 covers. In 2002, Seliger moved to Condé Nast, where he is currently under contract. He frequently shoots for Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue and German Vogue. Seliger’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He has published numerous books and has won countless awards.

Guy Webster

One of the early innovators of rock and roll photography, Guy Webster has spanned the worlds of music, film and politics in his 50-year career. His hundreds of album covers have included the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Doors and Simon & Garfunkel. Photographer for the infamous Monterey Pop Concert his images were used for the festival booklet and include concert photos of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and many others.  He has photographed film legends such as Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Bob Hope as well as countless luminaries and celebrities including Igor Stravinsky, Allen Ginsburg and Truman Capote for hundreds of worldwide magazines.