Legendary rock photographers Mick Rock and Henry Diltz visited City Winery in DC recently to tell the stories behind some of their legendary images during their “Behind The Lens” tour. Presented by Morrison Hotel, and hosted in DC’s beautiful City Winery on October 9, 2019, both Mick Rock and Henry Diltz were an absolute pleasure to meet. Their ground-breaking rock images changed the world of rock photography forever. The two also stayed after for a meet-and-greet to hand-sign some of their most iconic photographic prints.
Mick Rock specializes in rock and roll photography and is known as “The Man Who Shot the 70’s.” He is the inimitable rock photographer who launched his career with an unknown David Bowie in 1972. The first photo shoot resulted in a two-year relationship as Bowie’s official photographer. During this time Rock documented the rise and descent of Bowie’s alter-ego “Ziggy Stardust”, and shot promotional films, album jackets, posters, artwork, and videos.
Rock’s career continued to soar with key 70’s images like Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy Pop’s Raw Power and Queen’s Queen II. He also captured many of the Sex Pistols’ most infamous shots. In 1977, he moved permanently to New York where he quickly became involved with the underground music scene pioneered by The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. His pictures, including The Ramones’ End of the Century, captured the revolutionary spirit of this groundbreaking period and made him the one of the most sought-after photographers in the rock world.
Recently, Mick Rock has worked with stars like Kate Moss, Michael Stipe, Johnny Marr, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Chemical Brothers. He has produced several highly-acclaimed retrospectives on artists including; David Bowie, Iggy and the Stooges, and Syd Barrett. His retrospective at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2003 was hailed as “one of the most exciting exhibitions of pop culture imagery to ever reach these shores.”
Henry Diltz is known to be an extraordinary rock and roll photographer, unlike any other out there. A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour, as he is a visual historian of the last four decades of popular music. The rapport he has developed with his musician friends, along with his down-to-earth-grin and frequent laugh, enables him to capture the candid shots that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy with his subjects.
For Diltz, photography began with a $20 second-hand Japanese camera purchased on tour with the Modern Folk Quartet. When MFQ disbanded, he embarked on his photographic career with an album cover for The Lovin’ Spoonful. Despite his lack of formal training, Diltz easily submerged himself in the world of music and life on the road.
Here are some more photos of Mick Rock and Henry Diltz at City Winery in Washington, DC on October 9, 2019. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are solely the property of Andy Jillson and Hazy Eye Music Media.