Project Description

Mick Rock is often referred to as “The Man who shot the Seventies”. He is the inimitable rock photographer who launched his career with a then-unknown David Bowie in 1972.

His legendary rock photography includes iconic images of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Blondie. Mick has created many key rock ‘n’ roll images, including the cover photographs for Queen’s Queen II (recreated for their classic music video ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) and Sheer Heart Attack.

Mick recalls his first impression of Queen: “They knew they had the magic. That was firmly imprinted on me. And having told me how good they were, they played me the music – it was Queen II, which they had just finished recording. They asked me to describe it, and I said: ‘It’s Bowie meets Led Zeppelin.’ That was good; they wanted to work with me, but they wanted to know that I got it. They were picky from the get-go. It was trial by chatter…”

Mick’s career continued to soar with key 70s images like Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy Pop’s Raw Power, Queen’s Queen II and many of the Sex Pistols’ infamous shots. In 1977, he moved permanently to New York, where he quickly became involved with the underground music scene pioneered by 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 world.

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David Bowie

David Bowie doing his makeup
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Ziggy backstage
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Ziggy portrait
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David Bowie at the window
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David Bowie in the mirror
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David Bowie, Portrait 1972
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Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed
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David Bowie with Lou Reed and Mick Jagger
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David Bowie and Mick Ronson eating lunch
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David Bowie and Green Screen
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David Bowie Black Scarf
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David Bowie, Backstage
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David Bowie, Ziggy on stage
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David Bowie with Sax, Red
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David Bowie, Hunky Dory
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David Bowie and Mick Ronson on stage
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David Bowie on stage tonight
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David Bowie praying
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David Bowie, Live at Earls Court, London 1973
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David Bowie, Life On Mars
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David Bowie, Red
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David Bowie, Beverly Hills 1972
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David Bowie with Sax
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Queen

Queen II album cover, London, January 1974
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Queen, Hands, taken at the session for Queen II, London, January 1974.
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Queen, Veils, taken at the session for Queen II, London, January 1974.
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Queen in the mirror, taken at the Queen II session, London, January 1974
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Freddie Mercury, Queen II session, London, January 1974
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 “There was something slightly otherworldly about them. To me they look mythological. I never saw them as inhuman, just more like fantastic creatures, chimaeras in the pre-Raphaelite world. I was soaked in that stuff.” – Mick Rock

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1974
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Freddie in white tunic
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Freddie hugging himself
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Freddie Mercury and Brian May, live
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 Queen live
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Freddie Mercury and Brian May live 1974
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Freddie Mercury, Purple
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Naked Queen
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Debbie Harry

Pink Debbie
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Debbie Harry, New York
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Lou Reed

Lou Reed, head twist
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Lou Reed, Transformer
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Lou Reed and Nico from Velvet Underground
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Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed
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Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett, Vinyl
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Syd Barrett, London
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Syd Barrett on car
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Other subjects

Iggy Pop on his knees
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Iggy Pop, Raw Power
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Iggy Pop, back bend
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Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed
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Joan Jett, Leather and Lace
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Joan Jett, New York, 1981
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Kate Moss with Iggy T-Shirt
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Kate Moss with Lou Reed T-Shirt
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Kate Moss with tassles
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Michael Buble with the microphone
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Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol
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 Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Cop
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Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes picture on record
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Peter Gabriel in mask
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Ramones
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Souxsie Soux, 1980
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Syd Barrett on car
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Thin Lizzy
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