Legendary rock photographer Mick Rock is often referred to as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies’, for his iconic images of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, etc. London born, he has resided in New York for the past 35 years. He has shot over 100 album covers.
But he in reality never shopped shooting. His recent subjects include Snoop Dogg, Father John Misty, Lenny Kravitz , Janelle Monaie, Jimmy Fallon, The Black Keys, Karen O, Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, Daft Punk, Perry Farrell, Motley Crue, TV On The Radio, Pharrell, Josh Groban, Flaming Lips, Nas, Rufus Wainwright, Kings of Leon, RKelly, The Black Lips , Queens of The Stone Age etc.
Rock was instrumental in creating many key rock ‘n’ roll images, such as album covers for Syd Barrett’s Madcap Laughs, Lou Reed’s Transformer and Coney Island Baby, Iggy and The Stooges’ Raw Power, Queen’s Queen II (recreated for their classic music video ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) and Sheer Heart Attack, The Ramones End of the Century and Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, among many others. He was the chief photographer on the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus. He recently shot special stills for the new TV version of Rocky Horror, featuring the transgender actress Laverne Cox as Frank n Furter.
He also produced and directed the seminal music videos for Bowie: ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’, ‘Jean Genie’, ‘Space Oddity’, and ‘Life On Mars’.
He recently did a new edit of his classic ‘Life On Mars’ Bowie for Parlophone Records, which was released in November 2016 as part of the promotion for ‘Bowie-Legacy’, a collection of Bowie’s most beloved singles. It has been universally acclaimed. One writer for ‘Liner Notes’ called it “An incredible new video and it’s visually stunning.” Mick says “I had a little jewel and I wanted to polish it into a state where it was an absolutely perfect gem. Modern technology, which obviously we didn’t have when I made the original in 1973, helped. I believe I achieved my goal.”
He had an acclaimed Ovation Cable TV series this year, ‘On The Record With Mick Rock’. The second series will begin in June2017
A documentary about his career, produced by Vice Films and Straight Up Films, called ‘SHOT!’, was launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016. It will also be screened in the London, Sao Paolo, Stockholm, IDFA Amsterdam, Montreal Festivals etc.
Upcoming Exhibitions in 2020 will be held in LA, Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata and Rosario (Argentina), Mexico, London, EMP Museum Seattle, among others.
David Bowie Exhibition
Foto Museo Cuatro caminos
February - 2018
His latest publication ‘The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973’ (with David Bowie), (Taschen Books, published September 2015): a spectacular limited edition co-signed with Bowie, sold out just before David’s death.
It was Taschen’s fastest -ever selling limited edition publication. He is currently promoting the trade edition.
He is featured in an episode of the Red Bull Films series ‘Visions of Greatness’,
to be initially broadcast Spring 2017
& Directed by Mick Rock
John Varvatos presents:
"Long Live Rock"
How Mick Rock, Music Photographer, Spends His Sundays
Mick Rock revisits his iconic images
The photographer recreates his famous portraits, Debbie Harry and Queen, for his project 'The Revisit', a collaboration with Nikon using the new Df camera
Mick Rock: obturando la inmortalidad de David Bowie
Mick Rock reveals his favourite photographs of Bowie,
Iggy Pop and Lou Reed