19 Nov Mick Rock, British photographer known as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies,’ dead at 72

Source: DP Review

Mick Rock, a British photographer known for capturing some of the most iconic photographs of rock stars and rock bands throughout the 70s, passed away today at the age of 72. ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side,’ reads a statement shared to Rock’s official social media accounts.

When we look back through history, particularly music history, we often do so in decade-long increments, referring to the different sounds as ‘the 60s’ or ‘the 90s.’ Visually, these decades are remembered through the iconic images captured by hundreds of photographers from around the globe. But in the case of the 70s, there’s an argument to be made that one photographer in particular is responsible for a vast majority of the photographs the world visualizes when they think of musical acts in the 70s — Michael Rock.

Photo: Nathalie Rock pic.twitter.com/I50ofDuO0r

— Mick Rock (@TheRealMickRock) November 19, 2021

Defined as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies,’ by BBC News in a 2003 interview, Rock is most known for his iconic images of 70s rock stars, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed (of Velvet Underground), Syd Barrett (founder of Pink Floyd) and so many more.

Rock was Bowie’s official photographer throughout the early 70s and helped to catapult the singer into the spotlight when he captured a single, controversial image (potentially NSFW) in which

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