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Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Brooklyn Museum, October 30, 2009–January 31, 2010

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Linda Eastman met Paul McCartney when she photographed him, and that is how she became Linda McCartney — just the most famous of the photographers who helped create the excitement of rock and roll, and now help define an era. That is why in October a book by Gail Buckland will be published, and an exhibition launched at the Brooklyn Museum, of some of the most startling and iconic images.

Featuring 175 works by 105 photographers,the Brooklyn Museum exhibition will be in six sections:
1. rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes
2. tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers
3. exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of the band on stage
4. powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings
5. portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians
6. conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and the musicians.

Above, Tina Turner by Henry Diltz.

Below, photographer Albert Watson combined Mick Jagger with a jaguar.

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Watson created a kind of hieroglyphic artifact out of many pictures of Michael Jackson dancing.

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Courtney Love by Shawn Mortensen:
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rocpicsdylanAmong the works that will be on view are William “Red” Robertson’s 1955 photo of a pelvis-thrusting Elvis Presley which appeared on his first album; The Clash’s London Calling album cover by Pennie Smith showing Paul Simonon smashing his Fender bass guitar; the contact sheet of Bob Gruen’s portrait of John Lennon in a sleeveless New York City T-shirt; Don Hunstein’s photograph of Bob Dylan walking with his girlfriend Suze Rotolo down a snowy Greenwich Village street; David LaChapelle’s image of Lil Kim as a bikini-clad cop; and Anton Corbijn’s shoot of U2 for their Joshua Tree album. The exhibition will also feature photographs by Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Woodstock photographer Barry Feinstein, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Mark Seliger…and Linda McCartney.
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