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The photographer who 'shot the 70s'

Photographer Mick Rock is known for taking some of the most recognizable pictures of rock legends and album covers of the 1970s. Pictured: David Bowie, Sax BW Full Length London 1973.  

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Photographer Mick Rock is known for taking some of the most recognizable pictures of rock legends and album covers of the 1970s. Pictured: David Bowie, Sax BW Full Length London 1973. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Photographer Mick Rock is known for taking some of the most recognizable pictures of rock legends and album covers of the 1970s. Pictured: David Bowie, Sax BW Full Length London 1973. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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"It was such a fertile period and especially when you get, you know, Bowie and Lou Reed. I used to see them the black and the white, London and, the moody and the sparkling. And, so, I kind of fell in love with them, those two. People say you must be must be crazy about photography, no I'm not crazy about photography. I am fascinated by altered states [...] I took the only path I knew and it wasn't plotted out beforehand. Maybe there was some projection. This bohemian spirit." Pictured: Lou Reed, Blonde With Cigarette London Spring 1974.     Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

"It was such a fertile period and especially when you get, you know, Bowie and Lou Reed. I used to see them the black and the white, London and, the moody and the sparkling. And, so, I kind of fell in love with them, those two. People say you must be...more

"It was such a fertile period and especially when you get, you know, Bowie and Lou Reed. I used to see them the black and the white, London and, the moody and the sparkling. And, so, I kind of fell in love with them, those two. People say you must be must be crazy about photography, no I'm not crazy about photography. I am fascinated by altered states [...] I took the only path I knew and it wasn't plotted out beforehand. Maybe there was some projection. This bohemian spirit." Pictured: Lou Reed, Blonde With Cigarette London Spring 1974. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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"I mean, these people weren't so well known when I first met them. It was all about age and timing, and timing, all these elements coming together." Pictured: Debbie Harry, NYC 1978.    Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

"I mean, these people weren't so well known when I first met them. It was all about age and timing, and timing, all these elements coming together." Pictured: Debbie Harry, NYC 1978. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

"I mean, these people weren't so well known when I first met them. It was all about age and timing, and timing, all these elements coming together." Pictured: Debbie Harry, NYC 1978. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Iggy Pop, Raw Power Cover BW London 1972.    Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Raw Power Cover BW London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Raw Power Cover BW London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Debbie Harry, Pulling Scarf in Blue NYC 1978.   Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Debbie Harry, Pulling Scarf in Blue NYC 1978. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Debbie Harry, Pulling Scarf in Blue NYC 1978. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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"So what is it that makes, you know, a picture of David Bowie, man? And I go, yeah, you can't take a bad picture of him. I figured it out before most people but that's an intuitive thing. But I was also, I thought he, there was an intelligence to David. Even though I'd been formally very educated and he hadn't." Pictured: David Bowie, Owl Eyes CU 1972.    Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

"So what is it that makes, you know, a picture of David Bowie, man? And I go, yeah, you can't take a bad picture of him. I figured it out before most people but that's an intuitive thing. But I was also, I thought he, there was an intelligence to...more

"So what is it that makes, you know, a picture of David Bowie, man? And I go, yeah, you can't take a bad picture of him. I figured it out before most people but that's an intuitive thing. But I was also, I thought he, there was an intelligence to David. Even though I'd been formally very educated and he hadn't." Pictured: David Bowie, Owl Eyes CU 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Iggy Pop, Fulham Road Studios London 1972.    Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Fulham Road Studios London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Fulham Road Studios London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Lou Reed, Coney Island Baby Session London 1975.   Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Coney Island Baby Session London 1975. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Coney Island Baby Session London 1975. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Lou Reed, Blake's Hotel London 1975.    Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Blake's Hotel London 1975. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Blake's Hotel London 1975. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Iggy Pop, Raw Power Session London 1972.   Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Raw Power Session London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Iggy Pop, Raw Power Session London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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Lou Reed, Transformer Cover London 1972.   Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Transformer Cover London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com

Lou Reed, Transformer Cover London 1972. Mick Rock 2021/Midaro/West-Contemporary-Editions.com
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