Icon Photographer Richard E. Aaron (1949–2016)

Richard E. Aaron

In a career that spanned over four decades, Richard E. Aaron captured still images for a wide variety of media ranging from feature films and television to corporate public relations. He was best known for his extensive work in music photography, however, and was honored by Modern Photography magazine as one of the “10 Best Rock Photographers” in the world.

Richard had hundreds of album covers to his credit, including Frampton Comes Alive—one of the top-selling live rock albums of all time. His shots of Paul McCartney’s “Wings Over America” tour graced the first rock’n’roll cover of Time magazine. He was on-stage and backstage documenting some of the most important events in music history.

Richard’s extensive archive includes images of over 4,000 artists, and his work appeared in more than 55,000 magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide. He was a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts and had a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Richard passed away in December 2016.

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