With over 160 images and a short film by Arclight Productions made solely for the Annenberg Space for Photography, this exhibit pays full tribute not to the stars of the shows, but to the photographers capturing these priceless moments. Included in the featured photos below, is one of several personal polaroids by Shawn Mortenson of Courtney Love endearingly hand-signed “fuck you,” taken in between a photo shoot for a new album that was released 7 days after Kurt Cobain’s death. Then, there’s some of the most famous images still shared today of Tupac, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Doors, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tina Turner, and an endless list of musical icons.
The show includes works from acclaimed and talented photographers such as Annie Lebowitz, Diane Arbus, Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, and Guy Webster –to name a few. In a dome-shaped screening room, the exhibition also houses a short film giving an intimate view of the lives of these rockstars from touring for three years with Oasis to Linda McCartney’s fairytale love story with the beloved Beatle, Paul McCartney.
Lastly, the exhibit shows an honest look into the hard work and friendships these photographers developed with people who, with their help, rose to be world phenomenon. Further tying the significance of music and photography is KCRW’s Who Shot Rock & Roll live music series beginning July 14th with performances by special guests, Moby, Portugal, The Man, Band of Skulls, and Raphael Saadiq. Check out some of the images below and if you are in LA, go check this exhibition out.
The Annenberg Space for Photography MAP
2000 Avenue of the Stars #1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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