Mick Rock (* 1948 in London ) is an English photographer, best known for his pictures of pop icons of the 1970s. These include David Bowie , Lou Reed , Pink Floyd , Blondie , the Ramones , The Sex Pistols , The Stooges, and Queen , among others .
Mick Rock was in London and studied until some time at the Emanuel School before he quit college to at Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge to study modern languages. There he photographed the then little-known band Pink Floyd in 1966.
In 1972 his breakthrough came as the official tour photographer for David Bowie, who was living out his Ziggy Stardust phase at the time . Mick Rock accompanied him on this tour (except for Japan ). Photographs from this period can be found in the illustrated books Moonage Daydream - The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust and Blood And Glitter , published in 2002 and 2005 .
Mick Rock also directed several of Bowie's music videos including John, I'm Only Dancing , The Jean Genie , Space Oddity, and Life On Mars? . Thus, he can be considered a pioneer of music video, even though he did not have a large budget and he did not receive a fee for his work. In the 1970s he also shot photos for album covers by Lou Reed ( Transformer , Coney Island Baby), Iggy Pop (Raw Power), Syd Barrett ( The Madcap Laughs ), Ramones ( End of the Century ) and Queen ( Queen II ) .
After getting his drug problems under control in the 1980s and being a long time photographer, Rock resumed his career in the 1990s, photographing recent artists including REM , The Strokes , Johnny Marr , Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Razorlight , The Libertines , The Chemical Brothers and Kate Moss . Today Rock lives in Staten Island , New York with his wife Pati and daughter Nathalie .
- Rolling Stone, No. 9, 2003, p. 61
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