AMERICA's Gerry Beckley: It’s an honor to debut my photography in my first exhibit with my friends from Morrison Hotel Gallery

AMERICA&#39;s Gerry Beckley: <i>It’s an honor to debut my photography in my first exhibit with my friends from Morrison Hotel Gallery</i>


Gerry Beckley’s America: Shots From The Road

In the early 70’s, the newly-formed band America changed the landscape of the music world with their signature acoustic folk style. Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley (see him pictured on right, photo Henry Diltz) founded the band shortly after graduating high school and never looked back. America’s sound resonated with music listeners from the moment their self-titled debut album was released in 1971. Fans couldn’t get enough, and the band was recognized as Best New Artist at the 1973 Grammy Awards.

With hits like “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair”, “You Can Do Magic,” and “Lonely People,” the group has left an indelible mark on the rock-and-roll songbook. In 2012, America was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

During his years on the road with America and as a solo artist, Beckley spent time documenting his travels throughout the world. An artist both onstage and behind the camera, he amassed a collection of stunning scenic photos that present a fascinating glimpse through the eyes of a musician on tour. Over 4 decades after America got its start, Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present Gerry Beckley’s America: Shots From The Road, a photographic exhibition of prints taken by one of the founding members of the band.

The exhibit, consisting of photos that range from dizzying urban skyline views to shots of eclectic seaside dog murals, is Beckley’s first. The shots for the exhibit were carefully curated by gallery co-owners Peter Blachley and Henry Diltz – the latter of whom has spent time photographing the band.

“It’s an honor to debut my photography in my first exhibit with my friends from Morrison Hotel Gallery,” Beckley said. “Both Henry and Peter have been such an important part of this journey.”

Beckley’s photographic style has won praise from the likes of British architectural designer John Pawson, whose minimalist aesthetic has won internationally acclaim.

“Many of Gerry's photographs carry a sense of the extraordinary, but over the years I have been equally fascinated by the shots that capture everyday things,” Pawson said. “As a body of work, they represent an amazing record of a life on the road.”

The exhibit features a selection of collectible 9x12 prints of Beckley’s sometimes quirky and consistently breathtaking work.


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Gerry Beckley’s America: Shots From The Road

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