Bob Gruen

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.


While visiting John and Yoko’s recording session at the Record Plant in NYC, Mick joined John and Yoko behind a piano to sing along on a song Yoko had just written and they seemed to all have a lot of fun together.

"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.

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Exhibitions by Bob Gruen

Recent Show, 2021

Museum of Image and Sound | MIS-SP 

Sao Paulo, Brazil


Right Place - Right Time

Book release

New York City

October - 2020


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.

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Selected Work