In the world of rock nﾕ roll photographers, there are none as extraordinary
as Henry Diltz. A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much
at home as a musician on tour, as he is a visual historian of the last four decades
of popular music. The rapport heﾕs developed with his musician friends, along
with his down-to-earth-grin and frequent laugh, enables him to capture the candid
shots that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy with his subjects
For Diltz, the pictures began with a $20 second-hand Japanese camera purchased
on tour with the Modern Folk Quartet. When MFQ disbanded, he embarked on his photographic
career with an album cover for The Lovinﾕ Spoonful. Despite his lack of formal
training, Diltz easily submerged himself in the world of music: the road, the
gigs, the humor, the social consciousness, the psychedelia, the up and down times.
For over 40 years, his work has graced hundreds of album covers and has been
featured in books, magazines and newspapers. His unique artistic style has produced
powerful photographic essays of Woodstock, The Monterey Pop Festival, The Doors,
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix and scores of other legendary artists.
Diltz continues his distinguished career, generating new and vibrant photographs
that inspire the rock nﾕ roll fan in each of us.
“This is not history, this is evidence!”
-Glenn Frey, Eagles
“I'm the drummer, youﾕre the photographer, it's as simple as that.”
“Early on in his career, Henry mastered the art of capturing the moment.
What he has proved over the decades is the illusive art of capturing life.”
-Gerry Beckley, America
Bob Gruen is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock
and Roll. From Muddy Waters to The Rolling Stones, Elvis to Madonna, Bob Dylan
to Bob Marley, he has captured the music scene for over forty years, and today
his work is known around the world. In June 2004 Bob was presented with MOJO Magazine's
prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image, in London.
Shortly after John Lennon came to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yokoﾕs
personal photographer, documenting them at work and play. In 1974 he created the
iconic images of John Lennon, wearing a NYC T-shirt, and, in front of the Statue
of Liberty, making the peace sign.
As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the ‘70’s he specialized
in candid, you-are-there photo features. He toured extensively with bands of the
Punk & New Wave scene including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones,The
Patti Smith Group and Blondie.
Bob Gruen has worked with countless major rock attractions including Led Zeppelin,
The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss & Alice Cooper.
In 1989 he documented the epic trip to Russia of the ‘Moscow Music Peace Festival’
which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, & Bon Jovi. For years he was the Official
Photographer for the New York New Music Seminar covering dozens of aspiring new
bands in the course of a summer week. In 1994 he organized a Photography Workshop
for the Seminar.
More recently, in 2004, he has taken photos of the New York Dolls reunion,
Jesse Malin, Green Day, Ryan Adams, Courtney Love, and other new popular artists.
Updates of his current work can be found on his website, bobgruen.com.
His “Sid Vicious With Hot Dog” photo was acquired in 1999 by The National
Portrait Gallery, London, for their permanent collection.
He has given many slide talks, including at:
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
New York University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Hawaii Pacific University
Tokyo Communications College
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Eastman Kodak New York headquarters
Other books by Bob Gruen:
'Sometime In New York City', with Yoko Ono Signed, Numbered Limited Edition, 1995)
‘Chaos, The Sex Pistols’ (Music Sales, 1991)
'The Clash, Photographs by Bob Gruen' (Music Sales, 2004)
Genesis, Limited Edition publication: ‘Crossfire Hurricane - 25 Years of the
Rolling Stones’, sold out in record time.)