Brooklyn Museum

Who Shot Rock: Photographers of Rock and Roll

Who Shot Rock: Photographers of Rock and Roll is the first major museum exhibition to put the photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock 'n' roll. From its earliest days, rock 'n' roll was captured in photographs that personalized, and frequently eroticized, the musicians, creating a visual identity for the genre. The photographers are handmaidens to the rock 'n' roll revolution, and their images communicate the social and cultural transformations that took place from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition is in six sections: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of the bands on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and the musicians.

Organization: Who Shot Rock: Photographers of Rock and Roll is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland, a distinguished photographic historian.

Who Shot Rock will be at the Brooklyn Museum from October 30, 2009-January 31, 2010.

And don't forget that the museum is free each 'first saturday' of the month - entertainment included.

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