Chuck Boyd (Photographer)

Chuck Boyd (1942–1991) was a professional rock and roll photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Boyd took over 30,000 photographs of rock and roll performers from the 1960s and 1970s. After he died in 1991, his photographs were lost for nearly twenty years. Some have been recovered and are now available for the first time.

In 1967, Buck Munger, an independent record producer and the national promotion director for Sunn Amplifiers, hired Boyd as Sunn's official photographer. While working with Munger, Boyd had the opportunity to photograph Cream, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and dozens of other artists throughout the 1960s and '70s. Since he was often shooting photos for Sunn, Boyd always had unlimited stage access. The images that he captured show that he used his access to his advantage, very few photographers had that kind of access and that is what made his images so rare and special.