Jim Morrison "Young Lion" Photoshoot by Joel Brodsky

"The shoot was pretty near the end, I think. By that time, he was so drunk he was stumbling into the lights and we had to stop the session. He wasn’t a wild drunk - actually he was kind of quiet - but his equilibrium wasn’t too terrific. Still, he was great to photograph because he had a very interesting look. It seemed like a good session to me... Morrison never really looked that way again, and those pictures have become a big part of The Doors’ legend. I think I got him at his peak." -- Joel Brodsky

In 1967, in his New York studio, Joel Brodsky 's "Young Lion" Jim Morrison photoshoot created what have become the most recognizable portraits of Morrison – capturing the self styled Lizard King at the peak of his physical and artistic powers. The Doors were poised to release two magnificent albums that year, their self-titled debut, The Doors, and Strange Days.

The iconic image entitled “The American Poet” appeared on the covers of The Doors first two albums, and subsequently on The Soft Parade and many greatest hits compilations. Browse timeless Jim Morrison prints from our collection below.


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