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© Mick Rock, 1974
Mick Rock is “The Man Who Shot the 70s”, the inimitable rock photographer who launched his career with an unknown David Bowie in 1972. From the first photo shoot developed a two year relationship as Bowie’s official photographer. During this time Rock documented the rise and descent of Ziggy Stardust, and shot promotional films, album jackets, posters, artwork, videos like Life on Mars and Space Oddity and thousands of photographs.
Rock’s career continued to soar with key 70s images like Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy Pop’s Raw Power and Queen’s Queen II and many of the Sex Pistols’ infamous shots. In 1977, he moved permanently to New York, where he quickly became involved with the underground music scene pioneered by The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. His pictures, including The Ramones’ End of the Century, captured the revolutionary spirit of this groundbreaking period and made him one of the most sought-after photographers in the world.
Recently, Mick Rock has worked with stars like Kate Moss, Michael Stipe, Johnny Marr, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Chemical Brothers. He has produced several highly-acclaimed retrospectives of the Glam Rock era, including Blood and Glitter, Glam!: An Eyewitness Account, a collaboration with David Bowie Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust, Raw Power: Iggy and the Stooges, and Psychedelic Renegades: Photos of Syd Barrett. His retrospective at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2003 was hailed as “one of the most exciting exhibitions of pop culture imagery to ever reach these shores”.