Mick Rock, a British photographer recognized for capturing a few of the most iconic pictures of rock stars and rock bands all through the 70s, handed away at present on the age of 72. ‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the opposite facet,’ reads an announcement shared to Rock’s official social media accounts.
Once we look again by way of historical past, significantly music historical past, we regularly achieve this in decade-long increments, referring to the totally different sounds as ‘the 60s’ or ‘the 90s.’ Visually, these a long time are remembered by way of the long-lasting photographs captured by lots of of photographers from across the globe. However within the case of the 70s, there’s an argument to be made that one photographer particularly is accountable for a overwhelming majority of the images the world visualizes once they consider musical acts within the 70s — Michael Rock.
Photograph: Nathalie Rock pic.twitter.com/I50ofDuO0r
— Mick Rock (@TheRealMickRock) November 19, 2021
Outlined as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies,’ by BBC Information in a 2003 interview, Rock is most recognized for his iconic photographs of 70s rock stars, together with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed (of Velvet Underground), Syd Barrett (founding father of Pink Floyd) and so many extra.
Rock was Bowie’s official photographer all through the early 70s and helped to catapult the singer into the highlight when he captured a single, controversial picture (probably NSFW) through which Bowie was replicating a intercourse act on the guitar of Mick Ronson on stage whereas performing Suffragette Metropolis on the Oxford City Corridor in June 1972. That picture, which Rock outlined as ‘outrageous,’ within the BBC Information interview, ‘was the start of all of the lunacy,’ in response to Rock. Regardless of that picture and Rock’s future work that helped propel Bowie and his Ziggy Stardust alter ego into the highlight, Rock by no means took credit score for the function he performed. ’I used to be good at synthesizing and capturing what he [Bowie] was doing. I helped him with the propaganda, however the picture and elegance of Ziggy Stardust was totally David,’ Rock instructed BBC Information.
Along with the dwell efficiency and portraits Rock captured of 70s music stars, he additionally photographed photographs used for a few of the most iconic album covers of the 70s and served because the chief photographer on quite a lot of movies and music movies, together with The Rocky Horror Image Present, Hedwig and the Indignant Inch, Shortbus, Area Oddity, Life on Mars and lots of extra.
All through the rest of his 30-year profession, Rocks’ topics spanned genres and generations, capturing photographs of Joan Jett, Bob Marley, Mötley Crüe, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, The Misfits, Snow Patrol, Black Keys, Corridor & Oates, Nas, Jane’s Habit, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Girl Gaga, Richard Barone, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé and dozens of others.
‘The celebrities appeared to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the digicam; feeding off of the distinctive charisma of his topics electrified and energized him,’ reads the assertion posted throughout social media. ‘His intent all the time intense. His focus all the time whole. A person fascinated with picture, he absorbed visible beings by way of his lens and immersed himself of their artwork, thus creating a few of the most luxurious pictures rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to like him. He was a legendary creature; the likes of which we will by no means expertise once more.’
Ted Forbes, often known as The Artwork of Pictures on YouTube, printed a 25-minute interview he had with Mick again in 2015. It’s a incredible, uncooked look into the work and lifetime of a person who outlined an period and nicely value a watch, no matter whether or not or not you’re conversant in Rock’s work.
No explanation for dying was offered within the announcement and it’s requested that ‘the privateness of his nearest and dearest be revered right now.’ As for remembering the legend, the announcement says ‘Allow us to not mourn the loss, however as a substitute have a good time the fabulous life and extraordinary profession of Michael David Rock.’ To that finish, Rock In Peace, Mick.