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Art: Photography

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present


June 23, 2012 – Oct 21, 2012

Wednesdays–Fridays (11am–6pm)

Saturdays (11am–9pm)

Sundays (11am–6pm)



Annenberg Space for Photography (Venue Partner)

2000 Avenue of the Stars




Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is a group show of 166 photos, many of them rarities, by over 100 photographers who captured rock icons such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Sex Pistols, the Clash, Nirvana, Grace Jones, Amy Winehouse, Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Björk. The show's curator, Gail Buckland, has authored 14 books on photography and history, and spent four and a half years gathering original research for the show. Be sure to check out the Annenberg's original 36-minute accompanying film, directed by Steven Kochones, featuring hundreds of rock images and interviews with Henry Rollins, Noel Gallagher, Alice Cooper, and eight of the exhibit's photographers — all providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how photography helped shape the world of rock today.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill


The Annenberg's Thursday night lecture series, Iris Nights, features 15 talks related to the show, with speakers including top photographers, Henry Rollins, Penelope Spheeris, and Buckland.

Annenberg Space for Photography says…

The Los Angeles showing of this exhibit is the only one on the western coast of the United States and will feature an original documentary film produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography. The film will be shown in vivid detail on two 14’ by 7’ screens in 4K resolution and will feature new photographs, interviews and behind the scenes footage with exhibit photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. The exhibit will feature 166 prints from iconic photographers such as: Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Ed Caraeff, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Ed Colver, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Dennis Hopper, Richard Kern, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Laura Levine, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Marcia Resnick, Stephane Sednaoui, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson, Guy Webster and many others.