Famous music photographer Mick Rock has passed away at the age of 72. Representatives confirmed the news via social media Thursday evening (November 18). “He was a photographic poet, a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his delightfully scandalous way,” the statement read. To see in full below.
Rock was best known for the work he created in the 1970s. He was particularly close to David Bowie, taking the role of his official photographer. In addition to capturing Bowie’s Ziggy stardust era and cover shooting to the years 1973 Pin up, Rock made videos for “Space Odyssey”, “Life on Mars? “,” Jean Genie “and” I’m Only Dancing “.
In addition to his frequent collaborations with Bowie, Rock worked with Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry and T. Rex in the 1970s. His work has featured on several of the most recognized album covers of the decade: Lou reed Transformer and Coney Island Baby, Iggy and the Stooges’ Brute force, and the Queen Queen ii, which, in turn, inspired the visual of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Born in 1948, Mick Rock grew up in London and developed his interest in photography by going to concerts in his youth. Spanning beyond the world of music, Rock has shot production photos for The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig and the angry thumb. He maintained his photographic activities well beyond the 1970s, later capturing subjects like Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and many more. He has published several books of his work, including that of 2015 The Rise of David Bowie: 1972-1973. In 2016, he was the subject of the documentary To pull! The psycho-spiritual mantra of rock.