8 December 2009

Who Shot Rock & Roll


This picture of Mick Jagger was taken in Philadelphia in 1982 by the British photographer Michael Putland, and is part of the exhibition "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present", curated by Gail Buckland, currently at the Brooklyn Museum.

"Michael Putland was the official photographer on some of the Rolling Stones’ U.S. and European tours. He had access granted no other photographer and was able to stay in the 'pit' for entire concerts while the other photographers were asked to leave after the first three songs. Putland laments the lack of discrimination in the press today when it comes to celebrity portraiture. 'There is no premium for quality,' he says. 'I love photography, not the nonsense'."

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