Bob Gruen is one of the most
well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From Muddy
Waters to the Rolling Stones; Tina Turner to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob
Marley; John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, he has captured the music scene
for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide
recognition.Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971,
Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, making
photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he
created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt
and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign -
two of the most popular of Lennon’s images.Bob has worked with
major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner,
Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss & Alice Cooper. In 1989, he documented
the epic trip to Russia of the “Moscow Music Peace Festival” featuring
Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. For many years Bob was the
official photographer for the New York New Music Seminar, covering
dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week.As
chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the ‘70s, Bob specialized
in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with
the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex
Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie.This
seminal body of work reflects a profound commitment and long-standing
personal friendship with the artists. His wealth of personal
experiences and uncanny memory provide the most illuminating and
comprehensive histories of rock youth culture.His work has been
published in magazines and documentaries around the world, and he has
had books of his work with John Lennon, the Clash, Sex Pistols, Rolling
Stones, Led Zeppelin and New York Dolls.In June, 2004, in London, Bob was presented with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image. FAAP
Museu de Arte Brasileira in Sao Paulo, Brazil, held an extensive
exhibition of the work of Bob Gruen in 2007. Titled "ROCKERS" the large
multi-media installation featured more than 270 photos from Gruen's
catalogue, arranged in nine areas with six different background
soundtracks. The exhibition was on display May 15 - July 1. More than
40,000 visitors came to see it. A 221 page catalog book of the
exhibition, titled "ROCKERS", has been published in Portuguese and
English by Cosac & Naify Edições Ltda of Sao Paulo. PHOTO EXHIBITS include:Museum of Modern Art, New YorkBrooklyn Museum of Art, New YorkSubway Gallery, LondonGalerie Basia Embiricos, ParisLiss Gallery, TorontoFAAP Museu de Arte Brasileira in Sao Paulo, BrazilMorrison Hotel Gallery, New York, La Jolla, Tokyo, Los AngelesA Gallery for Fine Photography, New OrleansFahey/Klein Gallery, Los AngelesThe Govinda Gallery, Washington, DCThe Special Photographers Gallery, LondonMitsukoshi Gallery, TokyoV!P Gallery, RotterdamHis
“Sid Vicious with Hot Dog” photo was acquired in 1999 by The National
Portrait Gallery, London, for their permanent collection.Bob receives numerous invitations to give LECTURE/SLIDE SHOWS, he has presented at:Princeton UniversityBrooklyn Museum of ArtWorcester Museum of ArtThe Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DCNew York UniversitySavannah College of Art and DesignHawaii Pacific UniversityTokyo Communications CollegeThe Rock and Roll Hall of FameEastman Kodak New York headquartersThe City University of New YorkInternational Society of PhotographersBOOKS by Bob Gruen“New
York Dolls – Photographs by Bob Gruen” was published in Fall of 2006
by Harry Abrams Books, Inc. It has a forward by Lenny Kaye, interviews
with original NY Dolls David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, and quotes
from many famous musicians collected by Legs McNeil. “John
Lennon, the New York Years,” was published in the Fall of 2005.
Publisher’s Weekly review stated, “…. Gruen is THE world’s best rock and
roll photographer…from the legendary shot of Lennon on a rooftop clad
in the now iconic New York t-shirt to a heart-wrenching shot of a young
Sean Lennon curled up in Yoko’s bed not long after John’s murder, both
Lennon’s and Gruen’s geniuses are exhibited here.” This book has been
translated into German and Japanese editions, the French edition will be
released Oct. 2010.“The Clash, Photographs by Bob Gruen” (Music Sales, 2004)“Chaos, the Sex Pistols” (Music Sales, 1991)“Sometime in New York City” with Yoko Ono (Genesis, Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition, 1995)“Crossfire
Hurricane, 25 Years of the Rolling Stones” (Genesis, Signed, Numbered,
Limited Edition, 1998, - sold out in record time!)More recently, Bob has photographed Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Courtney Love and other new popular acts. “All
Dolled Up,” a DVD documentary made by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck of their
early ‘70s video footage of the New York Dolls, was released in 2005.Updates of his current work and events can be found on his website, bobgruen.com.
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