Mick Rock (b.1948)

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Biography

Known as 'The Man who shot the Seventies', Mick Rock's flamboyant photographs have come to embody the era of Punk'n'Glam. Rock's iconic images captured the music scene and immortalised some of the most infamous artists behind the experimental Seventies including David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Mick Jagger to name a few. Mick Rock's extensive portfolio of photographs also includes modern-day celebrities, most famously Kate Moss, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding, Robin Thicke, Michael Bublé, The Killers and the YeahYeahYeahs.

After stumbling across photography as a University student studying Modern Languages and Literature at Cambridge, Rock was immediately hooked and subsequently described photography as "a disease...once you've caught it you start to shake - so beware." The documenting of this obsession, sits well with the extremes naturally inherent in the edgy rock'n'roll circuit of the Seventies. His iconic images of David Bowie, Madonna, Blondie and Mick Jagger to name but a few, all reflect this cross-over between glam culture and rock music, that similarly to Rock's obsession with photography, travelled to extremes.

The duplicity of photography and music in Rock's images allows for a vibrant chaos that mirrors the performances of his sitters. In addition to producing over fifteen photography books, and with countless successful international exhibitions from London to New York to Amsterdam, Rock is also notorious for his recognisable images used on famous album covers. For The Black Lips, Queen, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy and the Stooges, The Ramones, Joan Jett and many others, Rock's photographs represent some of the biggest artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries.