Globally known as The Man Who Shot The Seventies, Mick Rock has not only photographed the likes of Iggy Pop, Queen, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Madonna, Roxy Music, Syd Barrett, The Kinks, Freddie Mercury, Motley Crue, Andy Warhol, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel and Thin Lizzy (to name a very small selection) but has also shot today’s big success stories including The Killers, Ellie Goulding, The Black Keys, Kate Moss, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg and Dave Grohl, to become one of the greatest portrait photographers of our time.
A highly regarded and globally-recognised portrait photographer, Mick Rock’s work has maintained longevity as an integral part of pop culture’s visual landscape since the 70s. He has taken many an image which has gone on to become iconic in its own right, immortalising key moments in music history that have individually influenced us and emotionally revived us in one way or another. “I remember he said very specifically “Mick sees me the way I see myself.” – Mick Rock remembering how David Bowie once commented on his photographs. The late musician, artist and inspirational icon and Mick Rock became friends when Mick became the official David Bowie photographer in 1972 (three months before the release of the Ziggy Stardust album). They maintained a working relationship for over 40 years and collaborated on a number of projects.
Mick Rock has shot world-famous album covers that include Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’, Queen’s ‘Queen’, ‘Queen 2’ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ albums, Iggy and The Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’, The Ramones’ ‘End Of the Century’ and Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.’ Mick Rock was the photographer for ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and has also directed and produced some of the most globally-recognised videos in the artist’s ‘Sound and Vision’ collection (‘Jean Genie’, ‘Life on Mars’ ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘John I’m Only Dancing’). These four videos are also now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.