Michael Jackson Concert Pic On Diplay In Photo Tour


Nearly 40-years ago, John Atashian went to a Pink Floyd concert and decided to bring along his camera to capture a few memories from the show.

Since then, he has been attending concerts, recording images of nearly 4,000 musicians performing live on stage.

This month, Atashian’s work will be on display at the Plainville Public Library, the first stop on his “Concert Photo Display” tour. The exhibit, up for the month of June, will feature large prints on canvas.

The exhibit tour is being held to celebrate the publication of Atashian’s new photography book, “The Ultimate Photo Book of the World’s Greatest Guitarists.”

The book features 100 pages of color and black and white photos of more than 500 world-famous guitarists performing on stage.

Atashian said he “cannot pin point one favorite show.”

He does recall Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” as some of the most memorable shows he has seen and shot.

Atashian’s exhibit will be open to the public at the Plainville Library, located at 56 East Main Street, is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will travel around the state for the next year, heading next to the New Britain Public Library in July and the Cheshire Public Library in August.

In September, an even bigger show will be held at Southington’s Gura Building, home of the Southington Arts Center.

Examples of his work can be found online at www.concertphotos.com

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Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith To Hold Meet And Greet At Morrison Hotel Gallery Today


To coincide with Grammy week’s celebration of the Music industry, Morrison Hotel Gallery welcomes acclaimed photographer Lynn Goldsmith in a meet and greet and signing for her book, Rock and Roll Stories.

The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stones’ legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent, U2’s arrival in New York, and the brooding force of Bob Marley. Culture heroes like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith became frequent subjects for her lens. The range of her work is staggering.


In Rock and Roll Stories, she shares the best of this work. Her commentary takes the reader into the studio, the tour bus, the concert hall, and the streets where the pictures were made, offering revealing perspectives on her subjects and herself.


Joining Lynn for a brief interview is her longtime friend and famed jewelry designer to Rock’s glitterati, Loree Rodkin.


Date: February 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Morrison Hotel Gallery
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States

More Herb Ritts Photos To Arrive At Rock Hall In 2016

Sources: Cleveland.com – By Tony L. Smith| All Things Michael


When it comes to having a exhibit on the top floor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the only person who can replace Herb Ritts is Herb Ritts.

The legendary music photographer shot everyone from Madonna and Justin Timberlake to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson. Ritts, who passed away in 2002, is also known for making the transition from still photography to directing well-known music videos like Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” and Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet.”


Much of Ritts’ work has been on display in “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, which opened this past March on levels 5 and 6 of the museum.

The exhibit will close on Feb. 28 and be replaced by more Herb Ritts photographs. A new exhibit will open sometime in March or April, featuring more than 60 photos donated by Ritts family.

“This one will be a smaller show, but very special in its own right,” says Karen Herman, vice president of collections and curatorial affairs for the Rock Hall. “Some of the prints we’ve shown, some we haven’t.”


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MJ Photographer Matthew Rolston Gets Smashbox Visual Impact Award

Sources: WWD – By Jasmin Rosemberg | All Things Michael

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To say that Los Angeles native Matthew Rolston broke into the photography business “rapidly” would hardly be sufficient. “My very first client was Andy Warhol for Interview magazine,” he recalls. “My second client was Harper’s Bazaar. My third client was Michael Jackson.” He then rethinks this. “Actually, my third client was Jann Wenner, for Rolling Stone,” he clarifies.

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Rolston had crossed paths with Warhol socially at the artist’s nightclub the Factory in New York, but the opportunity at Warhol’s Interview came when a stylist friend from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena — where Rolston studied photography then, and teaches courses now — called about a last-minute job. “And lo and behold, I got my first assignment for a magazine.” Rolston says, “And it was to shoot Steven Spielberg.”

Photographing Harrison Ford and a then-unknown “Star Wars” cast followed — as did a plethora of covers, and a fashion-forward shoot with Jackson. (Later, Rolston would be the last to photograph the pop icon, for his “Thriller” relaunch, in 2007.) “I actually dressed him in some of my own clothes,” recalls Rolston, who bought an embroidered crest with a crown and the letter “J” from an “English-y” Beverly Hills men’s store, and had it sewn onto a cardigan. “And he started this whole craze that I ended up calling ‘Hollywood Royale.’ It sort of indicated the idea of royalty — that he was the King of Pop.” Only, this was prior to Jackson ever being called such.

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How Billie Jean Calmed Steve Jobs

Sources: CNet | All Things Michael

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On Monday, Andy Cunningham hosted a panel in Palo Alto, California, where the three women talked about how Steve Jobs challenged, infuriated and pushed them to achieve great things. They were joined by Hoffman and Barbara Koalkin Barza, a former product marketing manager for the Mac and later director of marketing at Pixar, the animation studio Jobs bought after being fired from Apple in 1985.

Jobs “made it possible for you to do anything you wanted,” Cunningham said. The women of the Mac team “had the freedom to do what we were good at doing.”

Hoffman, speaking during the panel Monday, said “what is true is that so often Steve was so enthusiastic and so brilliant and visionary and not necessarily reasonable.” Barza noted that “Steve had a laser focus on details,” which is a something she has taken to heart throughout her career.

Here is a story that Andy shared about how Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean soothed Steve’s surly temperament when being photographed:

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“Billie Jean is not my lover/She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one/But the kid is not my son/She says I am the one/But the kid is not my son.” — lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Introducing a major product is a lot like planning a crucial battle. Both can succeed or fail on the campaign’s logistics. For the January 24, 1984, introduction of the Mac, those logistics included the then-unheard-of idea of “multiple exclusives,” in which Apple served up different slices of information to leading US publications.

About two weeks before the Mac’s launch, Cunningham and Jobs flew to the tony Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side. They had reserved a suite for several days’ of one-on-one interviews and photo shoots.

There was just one wrinkle: Jobs “absolutely hated” having his picture taken and would turn “surly and kinda nasty” with the photographer, recalled Cunningham.

The soothing sounds of music came to the rescue.


“I discovered he loved Michael Jackson and the song ‘Billie Jean,'” she said. “And I discovered that when I played it on a cassette player, he became really docile and friendly and smiled for the cameraman. As soon as the song was over, he would go back to his snarling self.”

The cassette player got plenty of exercise. (His musical choice is ironic given that he was in a paternity battle with the mother of his eldest daughter, Lisa, before the Mac was unveiled.)

“While we were doing the shoot, I was constantly rewinding, rewinding, rewinding,” Cunningham said. “It calmed the waters.”


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These Photos of Michael Jackson From the 70s Have Never Been Published Before

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“There are a lot of pictures I never published because they’re for me, [they’re] something personal, something I’m attached to,” Alix Dejean tells TIME. The Haitian-born photographer, who has been a fixture in New York City’s…

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MJ Featured In Light Catchers Photo Exhibit At The California African American Museum

Source: NBC News – By Charise Frazier |California African American Musuem | All Things Michael


“Light Catchers,” is a new exhibit at the California African American Museum (CAAM) curated by longtime photographer Irene Fertik. The exhibit explores the work of seven prominent African-American photographers, Howard Bingham, Don Cropper, Jack Davis, Bob Douglas, Cliff Hall, Lamonte McLemore, and Murphy Ruffins.

The gallery chronicles several decades of black celebrity life in Los Angeles — actors, civil rights leaders and musicians. The photographers captured well-known faces including a heartbroken Natalie Cole during her father Nat King Cole’s funeral; an enthusiastic Michael Jackson, with his siblings Janet and Randy Jackson; in a rare display, the legendary Muhammad Ali flaunting money as he sits on $1 million in a bank’s cash vault; and Ali in a sports car with a very young Bill Cosby.

“Photographers have to be assertive to get the picture, so they were assertive even though society was holding them down, ” Fertik said.

“Light Catchers” also includes seven portraits of the photographers taken by Fertik. Fertik, who is white said, “My whole life was documenting the black community. I had to be sensitive and engender trust.”

Fertik said the title,”Light Catchers,” was taken from the concept of the dream catcher in Native American folklore. She was also inspired by the book, “Shadow Catchers,” which documents the work of prominent black female photographers. The book was written by Arthur Ashe’s wife, Jeanne Moutoussamy.

‘Light Catchers’ runs from March 20-June 5 at CAAM.

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Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits: Rock And Roll Hall Exhibit Opens Today

Sources: Cleveland.com | Edited By – All Things Michael


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Biographers take volumes — and in some cases, multiple volumes — to tell a life story. Herb Ritts could do it with a single image.

The work of Ritts, who started his professional life as a still photographer and reluctantly segued into a music director before his death from complications of AIDS in 2002, is the subject of an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum“Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” which opens Friday, March 13.


The Ritts quote that opens the exhibit puts it into a nutshell:

“For me, a portrait is something from which you feel the person, their inner quality, what it is that makes them who they are.”

Ritts, who was only 50 when he died, was able to do that over and over. The clearest evidence is in the portraits themselves.

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Herb Ritts

Thirty never before seen images of artists from Bjork (how on Earth do you get freckles when you’re a dark-haired native of Iceland?) to Courtney Love to Michael Jackson to Prince to James Taylor to Justin Timberlake show something else: trust.

Michael Jackson, Prince, k.d. lang,, Chris Isaak, Bono, Dizzy Gillespie and even Bruce Springsteen let down walls that show sides of them we rarely glimpse, and it’s all because they felt comfortable with Ritts.




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