Signed Mick Rock Limited Edition Silver Gelatin Black & White Photograph Print
Blessed with a perfect name at birth, Mick Rock started photographing musicians in the early Seventies. In the decades that followed, he captured the aesthetics of punk and glitter rock like no one else. The photographer, who died in November 2021, shot iconic portraits for dozens of Seventies album sleeves: the members of Queen collapsed in a glittery, euphoric pile (Sheer Heart Attack), Iggy Pop clutching a microphone like an orange Adonis (Raw Power), Lou Reed staring off into space (Transformer). He also captured unforgettable images of Madonna, the Ramones, Kate Moss, and Miley Cyrus, and directed music videos for David Bowie and Paul McCartney. With every shoot, he tried to find some indefinable quality in each of his subjects.
Rock's five-decade career began when the photographer (still going by his full name of Michael David Rock) was a student at England's Cambridge University in 1968. "I was at the home of a friend who had all the toys, including a great record player and camera," he later recalled. "Sitting around his room, tripping on blotter acid, I picked up the camera and began playing with it. Every time I clicked, there was an explosion and I saw a lady's faces in a million iterations."
Rock’s early-Seventies photos of Bowie, Pop, and Reed were among his most iconic, capturing all three artists at a moment of boundless creative possibility.