A legend of rock and roll photography who not only had the skills but also the name is sharing his celebrity run-ins at a new exhibit in Chelsea. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
They say if you remember the 70's you weren't there. But how could photographer Mick Rock forget. Despite admitted use of some "chemical substances" Rock remembers his hey days photographing the likes of David bowie, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and his all time favorite muse, Blondie's Debbie Harry.
In Rock's new show, The Legend Series at CATM Gallery in Chelsea, he used color and computer affects to create new artwork out of his most famous subjects. It's very much in the mold of late friend Andy Warhol. But unlike the pop art pioneer, Rock uses his own images: Queen's Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, Bob Marley and more.
"People have been known to refer to me as 'the man who shot the seventies,' but I never shot Jonio or The Carpenters. But I did shoot a lot of what you might call the cutting edge of the seventies," Rock says.
Today, Rock continues to photograph cutting edge entertainers including Lady Gaga. But he says whether it's Gaga or Madonna or anyone else, it still all goes back to David Bowie.
"He broke ground not only musically, I mean, the music stands out," says Rock. "And, of course, fashion wise, art wise, he expanded the influence of rock and roll."
Despite the fact that anybody can take a picture at a concert these days, Rock says music photography is taken more seriously now as opposed to when he started.
"It wasn't such a visual universe, you know. And people didn't really know who took the pictures a lot of the time. You know, it'd be little on the back of the album cover. Nobody was that interested, it was all about the performer," Rock says.
For more information on Rock's new show, visit http://catmchelsea.com.