Sunday, January 24, 2010

Photos Capture Over Half A Century Of Rock History

"Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present" at the Brooklyn Museum explores the relation between the images and the music from several vantage points, each with its own fascination. There's the development of rock, seen in this early photo of Jimi Hendrix in a tuxedo playing backup guitar to Wilson Picket (click on any photo below to enlarge):


This photo of a Ramones concert captures the energy shared between a band and its fans:


The crucial role of photography to a group's image is evident in this photo of The Velvet Underground, with its proto-punk, edgy appeal:


This photo of Amy Winehouse captures the sexual current associated with the music:


There are also iconic photos, as in this image of John Lennon in his adopted city:


Another famous shot shows an enigmatic Bob Dylan from the "Blonde On Blonde" album cover:


The show includes more than 175 images by 105 photographers. It continues until January 31 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.

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