Have you ever wanted of a photo of Lady Gaga on the set of one of her music videos? Well, now you can have one, along with fine art prints of some of the music industry’s most recognizable artists over at Rock Paper Photo.
How about a limited print of Marilyn Monroe? A young group called Arcade Fire? Frank Sinatra with Nancy? Rock Paper Photo is a new web presence for some of the finest music photographers & photographers of pop history with some portfolios spanning decades. The portfolio size varies, but is obviously not going to be a complete catalog of their photographic works.
You will find photos of artists such as Jim Morrison, the Beatles, Jerry Garcia, a young Elton John, this great photo of Ozzy Osbourne and yes, even Justin Bieber. But, Bieber aside, these are pictures you’d want to frame and hang on your wall. There are many photos that feel intimate. Others are behind-the-scenes and at the very least, intimate. You get the feeling that the artists have personal relationships with the photographers. In some cases, it is obvious they do.
The access given to these photographers is most likely because most are from the A&R arena. Some photographers hail from a time period when vinyl was king, some from the new era of hip hop and indie crossovers.
Featured Galleries section of Rock Paper Photo highlights the Beatles, Madonna, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, and others.
You can browse the gallery to get an idea of the extent of the work. It is all worth a look. I’d like to see more in the indie arena the closest we have seem to be artists such as M.I.A. or Band of Horses), but indie artists will not have the representation in almost any arena that a popular artist would have.
Some are photos from the festival circuits (a dime a dozen, you’d think), but if so, the photographer is usually onstage. There a good number of fine prints here I would snap if I could. As a disclaimer, Paper Rock Photo is hosted by PEER 1 (where I work), so I’ve gotten an early glimpse before most have even heard of Rock Paper Photo. I didn’t know the history, but it appears to have ties to Live Nation (…). Also, the “fine art” in fine art photography can be called into question, but, if you’re looking for great photography in the music space, they’re definitely top of the list.