Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History

whangarei 11/09/2012

Direct from its United States’ tour, Who Shot Rock & Roll opens at Auckland Art Galley on 10 November 2012.
Who Shot Rock & Roll travels to New Zealand with 173 works from more than 100 photographers and many rare and never-before-exhibited images. Photographers include Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Henry Diltz, Godlis, Dennis Hopper, David LaChappelle, Annie Leibovitz, Linda McCartney and Albert Watson.
Organised by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by photographic historian and author Gail Buckland, Who Shot Rock & Roll is the first museum exhibition to acknowledge photographers for their collaborative and creative role in the history of popular music.
'This exhibition is not a history of rock-n-roll, but of the men and women who have photographed it and given the music its visual identity,’ says Buckland. ‘From its earliest days, rock-n-roll was captured in photographs that personalised and frequently eroticised musicians. Photographers were handmaidens to the rock-n-roll revolution, and their work communicates the social and cultural transformations that rock helped bring about from the 1950s onwards.’

‘Through Who Shot Rock & Roll we continue to build on our international programme of presenting high quality exhibitions to Auckland,’ says Gallery Director Chris Saines. ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll is a vibrant and engaging depiction of the revolutionary history of rock-nroll.
From Albert Wertheimeir’s photographs of a young Elvis Presley through to Allen Tannenbaum’s John and Yoko in Bed and the frenzied energy of a moshpit captured by Charles Peterson, this exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for New Zealanders to experience the influencial work of many talented international photographers up close.’
The Auckland exhibition is the first time Who Shot Rock & Roll will have travelled outside of the United States. It is the second international exhibition presented by Auckland Art Gallery since its reopening on 3 September 2011.
Ticket information will be released at the end of September. Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 – Present is the exhibition of the book of the same title authored by Gail Buckland. Who Shot Rock & Roll is a touring exhibition organised by Brooklyn Museum, New York. Who Shot Rock & Roll will run from 10 November for three months.
Entry to Auckland Art Gallery’s other exhibitions, including its permanent collection of New Zealand art, and to its Learning Centre and E H McCormick Research Library, remains free.
David Corio
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Nashville Rooms, London, March 9,1979 (printed 2008)
gelatin silver print
courtesy of David Corio
Ian Dickson
The Ramones at Eric’s Club, Liverpool, England, May 1977
chromogenic print
courtesy of Ian Dickson @ www.late20thcenturyboy.com
Alfred Wertheimer
Elvis Whispers Softly, 1956
gelatin silver print
photograph (c) Alfred Werthheimer, The Wertheimer Collection
Charles Peterson
Mosh Pit at Endfest, Kitsap County, Washington, 1991
inkjet print
Charles Peterson
Michael Putland
Mick Jagger, Philadelphia, 1982 (printed 1990s)
gelatin silver print
collection of Michael Putland
Allan Tannenbaum
John and Yoko in Bed, New York City November 21, 1980
inkjet print
Allan Tannenbaum from "John and Yoko: A New York Love Story" (c) Allan Tannenbaum
Albert Watson
Jagger/Leopard, 1992
gelatin silver print
private collection