Mick Rock, the British photographer known for taking some of the most iconic photographs of rock stars and rock bands throughout the 1970s, has died at the age of 72. Rock took Jungian’s journey to the other side, ” said a statement shared on Rock’s official social media accounts.
When we look back through history, especially the history of music, we often do so over long periods of time, and refer to different sounds as the ’60s or ’90s. Visually, these decades are remembered through iconic photographs taken by hundreds of photographers from all over the world. But in the case of the 1970s, there is an argument to be made that one photographer in particular is responsible for the vast majority of images the world imagines when they think of the musicals of the 1970s – Michael Rock.
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– Mick Rock (@TheRealMickRock) November 19 2021
Defined as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies”, by BBC News In a 2001 interview, Rock became famous for his iconic images of 1970s rock stars, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed (from Velvet Underground), Syd Barrett (founder of Pink Floyd) and many more.
Rock was the official photographer for Bowie throughout the 1970s and helped put the singer in the spotlight when he took one controversial (potentially NSFW) photo in which Bowie was repeating a sexual act on Mick Ronson’s guitar on stage during his performance. Suffragette City At Oxford Town Hall in June 1972. That photo, which Rock described as “outrageous”, in BBC News Interview, “It was the beginning of all this craziness,” according to Rock. Despite that photo and future Rock work that helped push Bowie and Ziggy Stardust alternate character In the spotlight, Rock did not take credit for the role he played. You were really good at fitting and picking it up [Bowie] He was doing. She helped him with publicity, but Ziggy Stardust’s image and style was completely David,” said Rock BBC News.
In addition to live performances and rock-solid portraits of ’70s music stars, he also photographed images used on some of the most iconic album covers of the ’70s and served as the lead photographer for a number of films and music videos, including Show pictures of rocky horrorAnd Hedwig and Angry Inch, short bus, space oddities, Life on Mars And much more.
Throughout the remainder of his 30-year career, Rocks’ themes spanned genres and generations, capturing images of Joan Jett, Bob Marley, Motley Crue, Queens of the Stone Edge, Daft Punk, Misfits, Snow Patrol, Black Keys, Hole & Oates and Nas, Jane’s Addiction, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Richard Barone, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé and dozens of others.
The stars seemed to align with Mick when he was behind the camera; Fueled by the unique charisma of his subjects with electrolytes and energizes him,“ reads the statement posted on social media. His intention is always strong. His focus is always total. A man fascinated by portrait, he absorbed optical objects through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most amazing images a rock band has ever seen. To know Mick is to love him. He was a mythical creature. The likes of which we will never experience again.
Ted Forbes, better known as art of photography On YouTube, he posted a 25-minute interview with Mick in 2015. It’s a fascinating, raw look at the work and life of a man who defined an era and is well worth watching, regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with rock’s work.
The announcement did not mention the cause of death, and what is required is “respect for the privacy of the closest and dearest people at this time.” As for remembering the legend, the ad reads, “Let us not mourn the loss, but instead celebrate the remarkable life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock.” To that end, rock in peace, Mick.