Spread The Word: Rock Photographer Henry Diltz
The Monkees practicing in their dressing room, Pete Townsend smashing his guitar at Monterey Pop, Neil Young in an open top Jeep, grinning like a madman – these are only some of the moments the photographer Henry Diltz has captured over four decades of work.
Working predominately in black and white, Diltz’s images are unique in their intimacy and access – his work exposing something beyond the formality of a studio shoot, a deeper connection to the humanity behind what are now rocknroll legends of the highest order. These are the folk rock greats in their Laurel Canyon hideaways, Neil Young at his Central Coast ranch, Jimi Hendrix backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, Diltz, a musician himself, possessed the ability to bring the viewer directly into these exclusive worlds.
Album covers, snapshots – each of Diltz’s pieces somehow turn past into present, kinetic personalities integrated seamless into still frame, the vibrant energy of rocknroll caught on film. The warm and intimacy of his photography has much do to with Diltz’s own deep connection to his subject matter. "All the people I photographed,” he says of his archive, “I love their music."
All photographs by Henry Diltz. Read more about Diltz and buy his newest book here.