W Washington D.C. hotel announces the March arrival of ROCKED, legendary rock and roll photographer Mick Rock’s installation of iconic and rarely exhibited photographs, to the Nation’s Capital. The insider exhibit will be displayed in the Living Room at W Washington D.C. March 2-31.
The British photographer, best known as “the man who shot the seventies,” has been chronicling music, debauchery and the partying lifestyles of rock royalty for four decades. Since 2008, Rock has captured intimate behind-the-scenes portraits and on-stage theatrics at W’s live music series, Symmetry Live, which offers W guests insider access to who’s new and next in music. These images, which include shots of past Symmetry Live performers like Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae and Ellie Goulding, will be displayed alongside Rock’s famed photos of rock and roll legends such as David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop. In addition, the exhibit will include Rock’s latest photographs of some of music’s most acclaimed talents, including Bono, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.
After meeting David Bowie in 1972, Rock became his official photographer and captured the rock star on film as Ziggy Stardust. He was instrumental in creating iconic images of rock and roll during the ‘70s and shot several album covers including Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Lou Reed’s Transformer and Coney Island Baby, Queen’s Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack, and Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, among many others. Rock served as chief photographer on the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Shortbus. He also produced and directed several seminal videos for Bowie including ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ and ‘Space Oddity.’
W Washington D.C. hotel is located at 515 15th Street NW. For more information, visit www.wwashingtondc.com.
Photos by Mick Rock used with permission