Rock and Roll Photographer Mick Rock
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Often referred to as The Man Who Shot the Seventies, legendary rock and roll photographer Mick Rock first met David Bowie in early 1972. Most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Mick Rock in his capacity as the official Bowie photographer.
Rock was instrumental in creating many other key rock n roll images such as album covers for Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Lou Reed’s Transformer and Coney Island Baby, Iggy and the Stoogesí Raw Power, Queen’s Queen II (recreated for their classic music video Bohemian Rhapsody) and Sheer Heart Attack, the Ramones End of the Century and Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll, among many others. He was the chief photographer on the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus. He also produced and directed the seminal music videos for Bowie to be found on Bowie’s Sound and Vision DVD collection: John, Im Only Dancing, Jean Genie, Space Oddity, and Life On Mars.