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Henry Diltz: Tina Turner, Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles

Henry Diltz (American, b. 1938). Tina Turner, Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles (detail), October 1985. Print from 35mm transparency. © Henry Diltz

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

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. From its earliest days, rock and roll was captured in photographs that personalized, and frequently eroticized, the musicians, creating a visual identity for the genre. The photographers were handmaidens to the rock-and-roll revolution, and their images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the1950s. 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.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland.

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Generous support is provided by the Barbara and Richard Debs Exhibition Fund, the Arline and Norman M. Feinberg Exhibition Fund, and the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided by Matthew Marks Gallery.

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Tour Schedule with Dates

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand

November 10, 2012–March 3, 2013

Annenberg Space for Photography, California

June 15–October 21, 2012

Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania

February 12–May 13, 2012

Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona

October 21, 2011–January 15, 2012

Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

June 24–September 18, 2011

Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina

February 24–May 22, 2011

Akron Art Museum, Ohio

October 23, 2010–January 23, 2011

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

June 26–September 26, 2010

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

March 5–May 30, 2010

Brooklyn Museum, New York

October 30, 2009–January 31, 2010