If you’ve ever wondered who shot the images of some of the iconic celebrities that made rock and roll what it is today, turns out you might’ve stumbled across one of Mick Rock’s images.
Known as the ‘man who shot the 70s,’ the renown photographer, is releasing a series of unedited images of rock n roll royalty, in order to support the NHS.
Collaborating with Liam West, owner of art agency West Contemporary, the photographer will delve into his archives looking for previously unedited images that have a distinct edge.
From David Bowie’s New York studio session in 2002 inspired by their first ‘Moonage Daydream collaboration,’ to the shots of Bryan Ferry and Freddy Mercury in London during the early seventies, all of the shots chosen by Rock and West showcase iconic moments of Rock’s career.
“They are all iconic British artists whose work I respect and who I loved shooting. And photos that I felt needed finally to see the light of exposure! The Syd Barrett photo was shot in 1969, right at the start of my rock n roll trajectory! About time, no doubt!” states Rock.
Although now based in
New York, the photographer recalls how the NHS is, like David Bowie and many
others he’s photographed, an important and iconic part of British culture and
For this reason, the photographer will be donating 20% of the sales of his new works to a fundraiser West Contemporary has set up to support the NHS.
Although these images are set to support the NHS, having lived in New York for the past thirty years, Rock is also supporting hospitals in the Big Apple, where the virus is just as pernicious as London.
“I love that my photos can contribute to the support of these fabulous life-saving institutions,” he concludes.
Images copyright of Mick Rock (2020)