This essential collection of stylistic music images features an assortment of iconic classic rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul and contemporary pop music personalities, captured by some of music photography’s greatest practitioners – David Corio, Storm Thorgerson, Jill Furmanovsky, Gerard Mankowitz and Sheila Rock.
Following in the footsteps of the Magnum picture collective and inspired by the digital revolution, photographer Jill Furmanovsky registered a website called rockarchive.com in 1998. The idea behind it was to make her work, and that of other rock photographers and visual artists, more accessible to fans and collectors.
To launch the project, Jill selected 30 classic black and white images of major rock artists from her 30 year archive, to make into an edition of 30 darkroom prints. Edition 30/30/30 as it became known, was the first collection for an innovative and original project that now publishes more than 500 images by 50 photographers and art-directors.
Priding itself on exceptional print quality, the collective continues to grow with work by new photographers being added every year. Whether capturing the spirit of a live show, collaborating directly with musicians to create unforgettable record covers, or shooting timeless documentary images, Rockarchive’s distinguished contributors continue to work directly at the source.
The collection features a roll call of distinguished rock photographers, many seduced by the rock n’ roll lifestyle they captured, who often formed very close relationships with their subjects, sharing and photographing all that is both illicit and exciting about the music scene and documenting the rise and ruin of many of our modern music icons. The images are easily recognisable, as they have become an integral part of our popular culture. These photographers aided in giving life to legends, immortalising them in the moment and cementing their notoriety and fame.
The company’s philosophy is to accord recognition to the art of rock photography and to help maintain the rights of its practitioners. Rockarchive promotes lesser known work by high profile photographers and the work of up and coming photographers.
Each hand signed limited edition print comes embossed, individually numbered and with a certificate of authenticity.