Mick Rock: Music photographer, who photographed David Bowie and Queen, dies aged 72 | Ents & Arts News

Music photographer Mick Rock, who photographed David Bowie, Queen, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, has died aged 72.

He was Bowie’s official photographer in the early 1970s, helping to make the singer’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, a chart sensation.

Rock’s images have appeared on the album covers of Queen (Queen II), Lou Reed (Transformer) and Iggy Pop And The Stooges (Raw Power).

And he even directed Bowie’s music videos for Jean Genie and Space Oddity.

Rock with a portrait of Debbie Harry in 2004

A statement on Rock’s Twitter page confirmed the Briton’s death, saying: “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 have had the pleasure of existing in his orbit know that Mick was always much more than ‘The Man Who Shot in the Seventies’. He was a photographic poet – a true force of nature who passed his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his delightfully outrageous way.”

The statement added: “The stars seemed to align effortlessly for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding on the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him.

Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges
One of rock’s iconic album covers – Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

“His intent always intense. His concentration always total.

“A man fascinated by the image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, creating some of the most magnificent imagery rock music had ever seen.

“To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature, whose tastes we will never know again.”

He ended by saying rather than mourning his loss, his life should be celebrated. No cause of death was given.

Born in London in 1948, Rock studied at Cambridge University, where he met Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett, who became one of his first subjects.

Mick Rock Retrospective, Symbolic Gallery, Las Vegas, America - May 02, 2008
Rock has been described as “a legend, a true artist”

Rock underwent heart bypass surgery and a kidney transplant in the 1990s after years of rock ‘n’ roll excess.

Photographer Mick Rock
Photographer Mick Rock has died

“I lived the life,” he said later. “Besides taking pictures, I lived life.”

Lately, Rock has counted The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga among his clients.

Queen guitarist Brian May said he was “sad and shocked to learn of the passing of our friend, photographer Mick Rock”.

He said the ‘Queen II’ cover photo “gave us an enduring image, inspired part of the ‘look’ of our Bohemian Rhapsody video a few years later, and has been widely imitated by others over the years. years since”.

Sharon Osbourne said Rock’s work will “live forever”, adding: “We have lost a legend, a true artist”.

Her husband, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy, was also among the big stars Rock snapped in his day.

British photographer Mick Rock stands out with his photo of American rock musician Lou Reed at the opening of the photo exhibition 'Mick Rock - the man who turned the 70s
Mick Rock with a portrait of Lou Reed

Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans, wrote: “Bon voyage Mick Rock. You made the music so exciting x”.

Session musician for Bowie and Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Garson, also paid tribute, writing: “So sad to hear of Mick Rock’s passing. He was one of a kind with such a sense of aesthetics and capturing the good times. .

“He was also a lot of fun traveling with him back in the days of the spiders. Mick gave so much to this planet and he adored David. Mick’s journey will continue.”