Icon Photographer Mick Rock (1948–2021)

Mick Rock

From Queen and Lou Reed to Iggy Pop and Blondie, Mick Rock’s celebrated images of rock legends earned him the nickname “The Man Who Shot the Seventies.” Mick captured some of the most unforgettable moments in music history, and his photos can be seen in books, on over 100 album covers, and at countless solo exhibitions around the world.

Mick’s biggest claim to fame was documenting the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. Mick first met David Bowie in 1972 and served as his official photographer for the next two years, capturing Bowie’s pivotal transformation from cult figure to rock icon. In addition to still photography, Mick also produced and directed music videos for Bowie, including “Space Oddity,” “The Jean Genie,” and “Life on Mars.”

Mick was featured in an episode of the Red Bull TV series Visions of Greatness and had his own 2015 Ovation series, On the Record with Mick Rock. A documentary about his incredible life and career—SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock—was released in 2016. Mick passed away in November 2021.

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

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