A visual celebration of the marriage of photography and rock and roll being held at the Tucson Museum of Art
October 23, 2011 January 15, 2012. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and guest curated by noted photography scholar Gail Buckland, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present is a multi-media exhibition that features more than 180 photographs and videos by approximately one hundred artists that express the vitality and spirit of Rock and Roll and its impact on society. From Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse, this exhibition reveals the intimate and public moments of many legends of Rock and Roll, as well as the crowds and fans who have followed them.
Who Shot Rock & Roll is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music. 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 band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often 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.