The seminal rock and roll photographer, Mick Rock, reveals his favourite photographs from London’s music scene in a new documentary film.
Shot and directed by Benjie Croce, he followed Mick Rick and menswear designer John Varvatos on a journey to the locations of some of Mick’s most iconic, personal photographs. From Blakes Hotel where Mick shot Lou Reed, Wetherby Mansions where he photographed Syd Barrett for his Madcap Laughs album cover, to The Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane where his iconic pic of “the Terrible Trio” – David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed – was taken before David’s first ever US Ziggy Stardust tour. Not to mention stops at the Hotel Café Royal where Mick captured amazing images of David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Lou Reed together after Bowie’s last ever performance as Ziggy Stardust.
Mick Rock’s photographs show moments that wouldn’t be possible in today’s commercial world, and pays tribute to a very different dynamic between celebrities and photographers. We also follow Mick, to Shoreditch in London’s historic East End, as he photographs emerging artist Willow Robinson, demonstrating that he still produces fantastic and arresting images that people will continue to remember.
“What a great time I had in London, re-visiting locations where I had shot some of my iconic images in my earlier years. Delighted to be able to share these magic sessions with my very good friend John Varvatos, and also to shoot the very photogenic Willow Robinson in some classic London locations”, said Mick Rock.
“Mick has created emotional and powerful images that transcend time, while defining pop culture history. I loved going behind the scenes with him in London to discover the stories that gave rise to these moments.” said John Varvatos.