Who Shot Rock & Roll? Well, Bob Gruen, Annie Leibowitz, Ross Halfin, Storm Thorgerson, Lynn Goldsmith, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz… if you don’t know their names, you certainly know their photos.
The Photographic History, 1955-Present exhibit, created by author Gail Buckland and the Brooklyn Museum, is the first of its kind and has been traveling the country for the past 3 years.
Its unique purpose is to give the public a sense of the collaboration between musicians and photographers, and the role the artists behind the lenses have played throughout the history of rock music.
“I’m not that interested in celebrity,” Buckland told WNYC in 2009.
Substance and creativity is what interests me. If rock ‘n’ roll is anything, it’s supposed to be real. That what holds it together, it’s an expression of something deep and honest within us. I chose photos that tell the story with a degree of honesty.
The exhibition is in six sections: behind the scenes; career beginnings; live performances; crowds and fans; portraits; images and album covers. More than 100 photographers are represented.
Henry Diltz (recently interviewed by Rock Cellar Magazine) will have his work presented in a slideshow that covers 1966-1990, and there will be videos shown by Anton Corbijn (U2’s One and Electrical Storm), Jean-Paul Goude (Grace Jones’ One Man Show), and Stephane Sednaoui (Björk’s Big Time Sensuality), among others.
The next stop for Who Shot Rock & Roll is Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography, which will be the exhibit’s home from June 23-October 7, 2012. Saturday nights in July will feature free live music sessions presented by KCRW.
For those who won’t be able to attend in person, Rock Cellar Magazine is planning to give you a behind-the-scenes look after the exhibit goes live…