The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, “Backstage Pass: Faces in Music II.” This group exhibition features over 80 Rock n’ roll photographs from such image-makers as Harry Benson, Joel Brodsky, Danny Clinch, Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Bobby Klein, Daniel Kramer, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Herb Ritts, Ethan Russell, Norman Seeff, Frank Stefanko, Bruce Talamon, and Alfred Wertheimer.
In December of 2002, we showcased our “Faces in Music: 1952 – 2002” exhibition which introduced iconic photographs of some of the most iconic subjects in the world of music. Since that time, the genre of Rock n’ Roll photography has achieved more prominence and was the subject of the exhibition, “Who Shot Rock n’ Roll: A Photographic History 1950 – Present” (2009) at the Brooklyn Museum of Art – this exhibition is still touring and receiving record attendance. Our upcoming show is a continuation of the celebration of the genre of music-related images and the overall contribution these photographers have made to the evolution of the History of Photography.
“From its earliest days, rock and roll was captured in photographs that personalized, and frequently eroticized, the musicians, creating a visual identity for the genre… The photographers were handmaidens to the rock-and-roll revolution, and their images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the1950s.”- Gail Buckland “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History: 1955 – Present” (Knopf, 2009)
The Fahey/Klein Gallery exhibition includes revealing portraits and backstage photographs taken behind the scenes, as well as exhilarating images that capture the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of live performances in front of massive crowds. This show features established classic and recent photographs of memorable and provocative music photographs: Alfred Wetherimer’s photograph of Elvis kissing a girl backstage, Harry Benson’s playful Beatles Pillow Fight, Frank Stefanko’s Bruce Springsteen at the beginning of his career, Danny Clinch’s unguarded image of Eddie Vedder writing lyrics, Jim Marshall’s shot of Johnny Cash flipping the bird to the camera, San Quentin Prison in 1969, and Barry Feinstein’s image of fans peering into the window of Bob Dylan’s limosine. These images, seen and understood by millions, have become part of our cultural history and have played a role in shaping our cultural conscious.
Included in this show are images that have appeared on several iconic album covers: Joel Brodsky’s image of Jim Morrison, Dan Kramer’s Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited” as well as Norman Seeff ‘s erotic photograph of Carly Simon for the cover of “Playing Possum” as well as his image of Joni Mitchell for “Hejira” album cover, and Bob Seideman’s controversial nude on the cover of Blind Faith’s first album.
“Too much bullshit is written about photographs and music. Let the music move you, whether to a frenzy or a peaceful place… Let the photograph be one you remember—not for its technique but for its soul. Let it become a part of your life—a part of your past to help shape your future. But most of all, let the music and the photograph be something you love and will always enjoy.”
-Jim Marshall “Not Fade Away Introduction” (Bullfinch Press, 1997)