by Stephanie Ortiz, Staff Writer; Image: Flier for Mick Rock’s ‘Legend Series’ (Image Source: CATM Chelsea)
The legendary Mick Rock has photographed rock and roll icons for decades, fusing music, photography, and the digital era. He has captured the likes of Davie Bowie and Lou Reed to Queen and Lady Gaga, along with their spirit and embodiment of music.
Rock is now showcasing some of these photos in his first ever art show, “The Legend Series,” at the CATM Chelsea Gallery on 22nd Street and 10th Avenue. The exhibit features enhanced version of his old prints with digital alteration and psychedelic additives.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.
The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off of the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him. His intent always intense. His focus always total. A man fascinated with image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most magnificent photographs rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature; the likes of which we shall never experience again.
Let us not mourn the loss, but instead, celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock. While you do so in your own way, we must ask that the privacy of his nearest and dearest be respected at this time. Therefore, there will be no further comments.
Photo: Nathalie Rock