Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

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Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90067
June 23rd, 2012 - October 21st, 2012

santa monica/venice
Wed,Thurs, Fri, Sun 11 - 6; Sat 11-7:30
music, rock-n-roll, photography


Coming to the Annenberg Space for Photography this summer, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is the first major museum exhibit on rock & roll to spotlight the creative and collaborative role that photographers played in the history of rock music.

The Los Angeles showing of this exhibit is the only one on the western coast of the United States and will feature an original documentary film produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography. The film will be shown in vivid detail on two 14’ by 7’ screens in 4K resolution and will feature new photographs, interviews and behind the scenes footage with exhibit photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. Shot in Los Angeles, New York and the United Kingdom, the film will also include appearances by recording artists such as Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins, as well as rock photography über-collector Michael Ochs, Grammy-winning album cover designer Gary Burden and guest curator and author Gail Buckland. The exhibit was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum with Buckland.

The exhibit will feature 166 prints from iconic photographers such as: Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Ed Colver, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Dennis Hopper, Richard Kern, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Marcia Resnick, Stephane Sednaoui, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson, Guy Webster and many others.

In addition, visitors will see a slideshow of 80 images by Henry Diltz taken between 1966-1990 set to a soundtrack. Woven into the lively exhibit, brief music videos will include Sonic Youth’s Death Valley ’69 by Judith Barry and Richard Kern, U2’s One and Electrical Storm by Anton Corbijn, Grace Jones’ One Man Show by Jean-Paul Goude, The Vines’ Outtathaway by David LaChapelle and Björk’s Big Time Sensuality by Stéphane Sednaoui and a video of Elvis performing “Heartbreak Hotel” from the TV program, “Stage Show.”

The Annenberg Space for Photography has partnered with acclaimed Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and to create a live music series during the month of July. KCRW’s influence in the careers of many musicians, both established and up-and-coming, is unquestionable. The Saturday night live music series will create an exciting addition to Who Shot Rock & Roll and remind music fans from across the city and beyond as to the importance live performances have played in the history of rock music. The series will be free and open to the public. Further details will be announced in coming months.

Who Shot Rock & Roll will open on June 23, 2012 and runs through October 7, 2012.