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Rock ‘n’ roll photographer Mick Rock, once dubbed “The Man Who Shot The ’70s”, has died at the age of 72. His death was announced d. his Twitter page.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic overlord who has made the Jungian journey to the other side,” the statement begins.
In an era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, Mick Rock was both a player and an observer, photographing everyone: a backwards, shirtless Iggy Pop, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Lou Reed’s comic haunt Transformer cover over. A sensuous rock portrait of Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry was chosen for the cover of Penthouse in February 1980.
Rock’s pictures adorned dozens of album covers, including Queen 2, with the band’s faces glowing within a black background. Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon: The list of rock’s glamorous, often scrappy topics is extensive. And newer generations of artists also requested his artistry, including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keyes.
As Claire O’Neill reported to NPR in 2012: “Rock had never planned to become a photographer. He studied language and literature at Cambridge University and was in the right place at the right time. He got tall, picked up a friend’s camera,” and started playing, “he says.
You can see some of Rock’s iconic images in O’Neill’s history here.
The tribute stone on Rock’s Twitter feed calls him “a photographic poet – a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully monstrous way.”