When I got home from work today, I was flipping through the channels when I noticed a documentary about one of my favorite rock n’ roll photographers, Bob Gruen, was about to air on Cinemax. I ended up watching the entire thing, enthralled by his commentary about different shows and his photography techniques. It was also a treat to hear different artists he’s worked with over the years talk about music and rock culture.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Gruen back in 2010 during a rock photography exhibit in my hometown that I was invited to attend. He spoke of his days with John Lennon, The Clash, trying to photograph Bob Dylan, and hanging around CBGB in NYC.
After his presentation, we talked briefly about music, festivals, our cameras, so on and so forth. He gave me advice for photographing shows. He was brilliant. An absolute joy to get to know. Although I in no way consider myself a photographer (I just love snapping photos, even if they don’t always come out great)- I was inspired. I still am.
I strongly recommend to those of you interested in rock n’ roll photography to check out the documentary, and to look up some of Bob’s work. Some of the most iconic photos of world renowned artists have been snapped by him.
This is a photo from the day I met him. My father, who I proudly brought as my date to the event, insisted. He said I looked positively giddy.