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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.