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Mick Rock's Art


06/14/06
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(antiMusic) If you are a rock fan chances are good that you own one of Mick Rock's photographs - take a look at David Bowie's Space Oddity. Lou Reed's Transformer. Iggy Pop's Raw Power and you'll see his stellar work. Last week Morley spoke with Mick about one of his latest projects, the photo package for the DVD release of one of the year's most controversial movies, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things based on the JT LeRoy novel. (Google JT LeRoy to learn more about the controversy. ) A good deal of the interview focuses on this project and Mick's friendship and interaction with those involved but he also told Morley how he got started on the path to being one of the most recognized music photographers in the world. Here is an excerpt from the interview!

antiMUSIC: Now if we can turn the focus to you for a few minutes. You studied languages at school. How did you make the leap from languages to photography?

Mick Rock: Pause. Well. I think I was high, to be honest with you. (laughs) Then I started playing with a friend's camera and I think the intensification factor is what imprinted itself on my psyche. I think the framing, the fact that you could pluck a little bit of magic out of the fabric of everyday life. And it could seem, look, feel very special and then if you played a little bit with color, and amplified it with a wide angle, then you've got these images that imprinted themselves on people's minds. I mean I was never interested in photography per se. I was much more interested in the lives of the people I was studying like Baudelaire, Rimbaud, the English romantics like Shelley and company or maybe the beat poets. These were the people that I was studying and these were the people that I was fascinated by. Somehow I think when I look back, especially at those early pictures like. I think you can see that I viewed David, Lee, Lou, Iggy, Freddy, through that particular prism. And it somehow looks stuck on to those images themselves. Photography is kinda fascinating really when you think it's technically a piece of what you should get is a piece of reality but of course what you're really getting is an amplification, you get this little slice amplified, jigged in some ways. I'm not saying all photography is so memorable. In fact most of it, like most music is pretty disposable. But some stuff stays in the mind. And nowadays some people even call it art, and some have even called my work art (laughs)...and it's been an interesting journey for me, that's for sure.[see full story for the full interview] - Click here for the Full Story

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