Meet The Photographers
RICHARD UPPER [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Concert photographer Richard Upper got his start taking pictures in Hawaii in the late 1960s. As a teenager he began shooting rock concerts for local concert promoters. He soon branched out into a career that would include many album covers, magazine spreads and poster art.
ARTHUR ROSATO [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Arthur’s point of view was as if he was a member of the band on stage and shot accordingly. He would later on apply the same technique to his acclaimed video skills with Bruce Springsteen and many others. Arthur’s archive is as unique and diverse as his storied and unusual career!
SIDNEY SMITH [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Sidney worked with almost every premier band of the classic rock era. In the 1970’s, his photographs appeared regularly in numerous rock magazines such as Cream, Circus, Hit Parader, Rolling Stone and various album covers. Sidney was selected by Paul McCartney to document the recording of his now classic album Venus and Mars recorded in New Orleans in 1975.
JAMES FORTUNE [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Back in the 1970's in the aftermath of a political, civil, and a sexual revolution all over the world, photographer James Fortune plied his trade in the backstages and VIP sections of some of the nation's biggest musical events. Beginning in his college days in the late '60s, Fortune spent more than a decade photographing rock'n'roll icons like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, Elton John and countless others.
JEFFREY MAYER [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Starting his 50+ year career in the summer of 1965, after seeing The Beatles at Shea Stadium, Jeffrey went on to document the emerging rock scene and the recording artists who would become immortal, not just changing popular entertainment, but World Culture. Mayer’s photo archive has grown to become among the most comprehensive in the music industry and here-to-date known only to music industry insiders. It’s a unique collection that spans virtually every genre of music. The photos in the collection have never been printed, and most have not been seen since they ran in rock magazines decades ago.
JILL GIBSON [ Bio / Browse Gallery]
As far as careers in rock photography go, Jill Gibson's is one of the briefest, however her short stint behind the lens was certainly a memorable one. The 3-day Monterey Pop Festival in California in 1967, featuring such legends as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Janis Joplin, is one of the seminal moments in American music history, and the famed event served as the backdrop for Jill's place in rock photo history.
CHUCK BOYD [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
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.
PETER SPIRER [ Bio / Browse Gallery ]
Peter Spirer, President/CEO of Rugged Entertainment, and Co-Founder of One Bowl Productions is an Academy Award and Emmy Award Nominated director and producer whose films have twice been official selections at Sundance Film Festival. Peter also used his exclusive access to take the now famous photographs on the movie set of Rhyme & Reason of hip hop icons.