Legendary 70s Music Photographer Mick Rock Has Passed Away at 72

by | Nov 24, 2021 | ASMP Legends, Strictly Business Blog

Image: Nathalie Rock

Editor’s Note: New York-based Mick Rock had been a member of ASMP since 1999.

Cross-posted from petapixel.com

[by Jaron Schneider]

Mick Rock, born Michael Edward Chester Smith, who is regarded as one of the most influential British music photographers and is referred to “the man who shot the 70s,” has passed away. He was 72. Rock photographed a host of some of the most iconic names in rock music, including Queen, T. Rex, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Thin Lizzy, Geordie, Mötley Crüe, and Blondie. Some of the most memorable shots of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Rock when he was acting as the musician’s photographer (“acting,” since he was not Bowie’s photographer in an official capacity at the time according to Inside Hook).

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