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Bob Gruen 


Born in New York in 1945, is one of the most respected and well-known photographers in rock and roll. He has captured the music scene for forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.He began photographing rock stars with Bob Dylan and served as John Lennon’s personal photographer during his time in New York City.

As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the 70s, Bob specialized in behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensive with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss and Alice Cooper as well as with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie. As an active freelancer for other magazines like Cream, Melody Maker and Rolling Stone among others.


Bob’s photographs have appeared on the covers and filled the pages of many of these seminal publications capturing the whole scene; on stage, offstage, on tour, at parties, at play, at home and relaxing.

His unassuming behind-the-lens figure embedded himself with rock bands so deeply that in some cases he was regarded as a virtual member.


Featured Artworks

"For me, rock 'n' roll is all about freedom. It's about the freedom to express your feelings very loudly in public."
"I try to capture that moment of freedom, that moment when everybody's yelling 'Yay!' and nobody's thinking about paying the rent."

— Bob Gruen


Rock´n Roll Exposed

The Photography of Bob Gruen

By Don Letts

From Led Zeppelin to The Rolling Stones, Elvis to Madonna, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, Bob Gruen has captured half a century of music through the eye of a lens. In this landmark documentary, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts reveals the stories behind some of the most famous rock 'n' roll photographs of all time. 'Rock 'N' Roll Exposed' features interviews with Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong and many more.

Exhibitions by Bob Gruen

Fine Art Photography Fairs

John Lennon Exhibition
Museum of Image and Sound | MIS-SP 

Sao Paulo, Brazil


Right Time Right Place

Bob Gruen

Abrams Books

The Life of a Rock and Roll Photographer

An action-packed memoir that takes readers front row, backstage, and on the road with rock and roll's hardest-working photographer Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll.

NYC. October, 2020

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Vintage Prints Collections




John Lennon


The Clash


Bob Dylan


Tina Turner

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The Teenage Bedroom Installation


Teenage Bedroom Installation at San Francisco "Rockers" Exhibit. SF, 2019

Bob Gruen’s Teenage Bedroom was shown at MoMA’s exhibition "Looking At Music: Side 2" (2009) which explored the creative exchange between musicians and artists in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The work consists of walls covered with band posters, newsprint articles with images, and maga- zine covers, all featuring Gruen’s rock photos, to resemble the typical bedroom decor of a teenage rock fan.

Vintage Prints Archive

The Music Photo Gallery has been representing Bob Gruen's Vintage Prints Archive exclusively and internationally since 2019. Our journey began with a successful debut at the renowned Photo-London fair held at Somerset House in London, UK.

In 2020, TMPG presented a Bob Gruen Solo Show at Paris Photo - New York, leaving a strong impression on art enthusiasts. Just two years later, in 2022, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we had the pleasure of hosting another Solo Show at Paris Photo, this time at the esteemed Grand Palais Ephemere in Paris, France.

At The Music Photo Gallery, we invite you to explore the exceptional world of Bob Gruen's Vintage Prints. Through careful curation, we showcase these iconic works, celebrating the artistry and beauty of music photography. Join us in discovering the extraordinary collection that awaits, as we celebrate the fusion of art and music.

Short video talks 
Published by Kapow for I-sat Channel

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