Noted photographer Robert Knight became interested in photography in the mid-1960s, after seeing a movie that featured a young rock photographer who got all the girls. Needless to say, Robert was hooked.
"I was in high school, and during summer vacation one year a friend of mine took care of a photographer's studio," recalls Robert."The studio was being rented for a scene in a movie called "Blow Up," about a photographer in swinging London, and in that movie was a band called the Yardbirds. I thought, "Hey, that's what I want to do. I want to be a photographer and I'd like to work with that band. It became an obsession for me to work with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck."
Not only did Robert get to work with Jimmy and Jeff, but he did so on many occasions, and he also shot many of the rock elite, including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens, Santana and many more. Robert's first paying job, for $50, was for the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, for whom he helped create a Grateful Dead live poster. Later, he was the top photo dog in Hawaii, where he was granted complete access to visiting musicians.
"I became the most famous music photographer in Honolulu," Robert says with a laugh. "A big fish in a small pond. I had total access to all the concerts in Hawaii. Elton John came down and stayed with me. Hendrix would come down and hang for weeks."
Robert 's action-packed career has also taken him to Seattle, where he was one of the city's top fashion photographers, and to the UK, where he shot live and candid photos of such rock acts as the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Humble Pie, Rod Stewart and the Faces.
Unlinke many photographers from the early days of rock 'n' roll, Robert Knight is still very active in the music world. Robert's latest and greatest accomplishment is the collection of portraits which grace the outside of 85 Guitar Center stores, comprising the largest outdoor photo gallery in the world.