Born in the East End of London, Terry O’Neill became a professional jazz musician at the age of 14. After doing his national service, he began his photographic career on the Daily Sketch, after which he went freelance for Vogue, Paris Match and Rolling Stone. During the 1960s and ‘70s he became one of the world’s most published photographers.
Altman established his reputation working for Rolling Stone Magazine, taking photos of the iconic musicians and events of the era. He established his reputation working for Rolling Stone Magazine, taking photos of many of the most iconic musicians and events of the era. The most extraordinary testament to Altman’s talent as a photographer is his book The Sixties, a compilation of his photos that captures the vibrancy of the decade.
Ian Dickson began photographing icons of rock n’ roll in 1972, with work appearing in Rolling Stone, Disc, Q, Sounds, and other major music magazines. In 1995, Dickson was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his “pajama portrait” of Rod Stewart. A book of his photographs called Flash Bang Wallop! was published in 2000.
Launching his career as David Bowie’s official photographer, Mick Rock is known as “The Man Who Shot the 70’s.” Photographing icons such as Ziggy Stardust, Iggy Pop, and Blondie, as well as producing posters, album covers, promotional films and thousands of photographs, it is easy to see how he got this title. He has also produced several highly-acclaimed retrospective of his photographs capturing the “Glam Rock” era, including Blood and Glitter, published in 2001.
Well known as a sports photographer, Michael Zagaris is also a celebrated photographer of Rock N’ Roll, and sports photography. Zagaris has chronicled live concerts since the late 1960’s, his ability to document musicians both on stage and in intimate backstage moments granting him lasting acclaim. The subjects of Zagaris’ work include music legends such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and The Who.
Michael Putland began experimenting with the camera at age nine, and started photographing professionally at age sixteen for a studio in London. He later established his own studio and began to work for Disc & Music Echo magazine, where he photographed Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Elton John, and many others. He went on to work for Sounds magazine, eventually working for major record companies, including CBS, Atlantic, Elektra, and Warner. Throughout his career, the majority of his subjects have been (and continue to be) musicians.
The work of San Francisco-based photographer Jay Blakesberg appears regularly in magazines including Guitar Player, Rolling Stone and Harp. Over the last 20 years his photographic rock and roll journey has produced images of legendary artists including The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell.
Kevin Cummins became one of the prime photographers of the Manchester punk scene in the late 1970’s and for ten years was the chief photographer for the music magazine NME. He has contributed to major publications including The Times and Vogue, and showcased his photographs in The Smiths and Beyond, published in 2002. The book, a pictorial record of the band, also included shots documenting Morrissey’s solo career. Cummins’ photograph of music mogul Tony Wilson, taken in 1985, was featured in the National Portrait Gallery in London in December of 2007.