Mick Rock became a photography icon by capturing some of rock and roll’s most wild, dangerous and glamorous gods and goddesses of the 1970s and now some of his most fascinating images are on display at the W New York Downtown.
The W New York Downtown is hosting an exhibition of Mick Rock’s career-spinning collection of photographs. Rock remains one of music’s most in demand photographers and says, “It’s just a different world now. The demystification of rock stars happens very quickly these days. And everything’s been done, so it’s hard to be a cultural revolutionary, or to make an original statement with the way you dress.” In comparison to star’s of today, Rock remembers, “Iggy Pop, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed…they were all totally self-styled.”
The show at the W New York Downtown features images of Iggy, Bowie, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol and Queen, and even includes never-before-seen shots of Freddie Mercury. It also features images of current superstars, including Janelle Monae, Ellie Goulding and Cee Lo Green.
Rock says, “We did mini shows in London and Barcelona, but this is the first full-scale show. And unlike in a gallery, I can show quite a few big prints. Previously I’d only been able to do that in museums. And of course, the environment is very different: it’s a display. A gallery wants to sell, and this is not about selling.”
When asked who he considers his most fascinating ever subject, Rock says, “Well, the person I’m most fascinated with is always whomever I just shot yesterday. But in terms of pure photography, no doubt, David Bowie and Debbie Harry.”
Source: Black Book Mag