Icon Photographer Guy Webster (1939-2019)

Guy Webster

Guy Webster was among the earliest and most influential innovators of rock ’n’ roll photography. His remarkable fifty-year career took him around the world and brought him into contact with some of the most iconic figures in music, film, and politics. His hundreds of album covers included the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago, and many more.

Guy photographed the Monterey International Pop Festival, and his images of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Who decorated the festival booklet. As the primary celebrity photographer for hundreds of magazines, Guy also captured a vast range of film legends including Charlton Heston, Natalie Wood, Jack Nicholson, and Raquel Welch.

Guy moved to Florence, Italy in the early 1970s where he developed a passion for vintage Italian motorcycles. He returned to California later in the decade, ultimately settling in Ojai, where he lived until his passing in February 2019. Guy’s work was collected for the 2014 retrospective Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons, and a documentary about his life is in progress.

Please Note: We no longer offer prints from Guy, but we have preserved this gallery of his iconic music photography as a memorial tribute.