Steve Banks has been an award winning photographer, photojournalist and photographic designer for over 30 years. Over the years, his work has been seen in leading magazines and newspapers as well as multiple television series and documentaries. Steve’s work is also included in permanent collections of many world famous museums such as The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. His critically acclaimed 1994 book Janis’ Garden Party is considered the ultimate in black and white documentary photography. As a noted concert and club photographer, Steve has won numerous awards throughout his long career.




Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose career spans over 30 years. He began his career photographing live music events he attended. After moving to the Bay Area in the mid-1980s he became the house photographer at the rock club The I-Beam on Haight Street and began to photograph the birth of the alternative rock movement. He photographed his first assignment for Rolling Stone in 1987, and since then has shot for them over 300 times. In the 1990s Blakesberg was constantly shooting for print magazines and record companies, creating a photographic archive of 30 years of music icons. After securing a book deal to release a coffee table book of his Grateful Dead archives in 2002, Blakesberg was inspired to create his own book publishing company, Rock Out Books. Starting in the summer of 2007, he began to produce and direct live concert videos for numerous festivals and artists. Blakesberg continues to document Rock and Roll culture through photographs and video.




Adrian Boot, one of Britain’s best known music photographers, began his career in the early 1970’s freelancing for NME, Melody Maker, The Times, The Guardian and The Face. After becoming the staff photographer for Melody Maker, Boot went on to photograph some of the most famous faces in music. His collection ranges from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols. He has worked across the globe on a wide variety of projects for Live Aid (Nelson Mandela- Freedom at 70), Roger Water’s The Wall in Berlin, Greenpeace in the Soviet Union, ORBIS in Africa, The British Council in Iraq and Jordan and The Grateful Dead in Egypt. One of his largest ongoing worldwide projects is with Island Records. Adrian’s work has been published twice with Michael Thomas, as well as in five other projects in collaboration with Chris Salewicz. Under the partnership Exhibit-A, Boot has produced and designed multiple exhibitions. Over the last ten years, Boot has become more involved in the fusion of computer technology, photography, film, DVD, and internet technology as the co-founder of Urban Image.




David Burnett has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He began as a photojournalist for Time, Life and the French photo agency Gamma. In 1976 he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York. Through this, he travelled extensively working for major magazines. Burnett first photographed Bob Marley in 1976 while on assignment for Time Magazine in Jamaica. He continued to photograph Marley on tour throughout Europe during the spring of 1977. Over 200 of these images were published in Burnett’s book Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley in Jamaica and Beyond. Burnett’s work with Marley showcased a previously unseen look at Marley’s personal life, as well as showcasing a broad array of emerging reggae talents. He has earned numerous awards for his photojournalism and was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo.




Marc Canter began his career documenting his best friend, Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash, and his rise as a rock guitarist. Canter found himself front and center documenting the genesis of the next great rock and roll band of the era. He was an official photographer for Guns n’ Roses in 1985 and 1986, where he photographed their first fifty gigs. He assisted and supported the band with filers, ads, demos, equipment and friendship. His photographs appear in the album artwork of “Appetite for Destruction” and “Live Era 87-93”. Canter released his book Reckless Road in 2007, which featured over 1000 previously unseen photos of Guns n’ Roses. His photos have been featured on television and in magazines around the world.




Ed Caraeff is a photographer, illustrator and and graphic designer. He has art directed, photographed and designed hundreds of album covers for numerous artists including Elton John, Tom Waits and Dolly Parton. His work is included in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of fame and has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines. His legendary photo of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 is widely considered to be one of the most iconic rock and roll photographs of all time. It is the only photo to ever appear on the cover of Rolling Stone twice.





Danny Clinch has established himself as one of the premier photographers of the popular music scene. He has photographed many artists, such as Johnny Cash, Tupac Shakur, Bjork and Bruce Springsteen. His work has appeared in numorous publications, such as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. After branching into video work, Clinch was nominated for a Grammy Award for directing the video portion for Springsteen’s Devils and Dust dual disc release. Clinch has presented work in many galleries and published two books Discovery Inn (1998) and When the Iron Bird Flies (2000), which documented the Tibetan Freedom Concerts between 1996 and 1999. 




David Corio began his professional career in 1978 covering a wide range of music and portraiture for multiple magazines. After working as a music writer for City Limits, he became a freelance photographer for publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and Theatre Royal Stratford. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph and more. In 1999 Corio released The Black Chord, a comprehensive collection of his photographs of black musicians. He went on to release other books of his works with subjects ranging from prehistoric standing stones of England and Wales to haute couture accessories.





Chris Cuffaro’s photography career spans over 35 years. He began by shooting local rock shows in Northern California. After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, he began to work with a succession of top musical artists, such as George Michael, Iggy Pop and Nirvana. His photos bring a new level of emotional depth to photography, capturing the “real” person behind the “famous” face. His photos have appeared on the covers of more than 300 record albums and CDs and were regularly featured in multiple publications, such as Rolling Stone, Spin and Musician.




Kevin Cummins is one of the world’s most venerated music and portrait photographers. After studying photography for four years in Salford, Kevin embarked on a career that was to encompass a wide range of photographic work. The burgeoning punk scene in Manchester dominated his early work and he quickly became one of the premier documentary photographers of the era. He then started working with Manchester’s prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre and was soon in demand by major theatre companies across the UK, most notably: The Royal Opera House, The Royal Northern Ballet, The Liverpool Playhouse and The Oxford Playhouse. Kevin was instrumental in establishing City Life, Manchester’s ‘what’s on’ guide and was a founding contributor to The Face, the influential style magazine where he won an award for Magazine Cover of the Year. Since moving to London in 1987, Kevin has contributed to many major UK publications, including: The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, Esquire, Maxim, Elle, Vogue, Mojo, FourFourTwo, Sleaze Nation and The Big Issue. He spent 10 years as the chief photographer for New Musical Express – the world’s biggest selling rock weekly – where his award-winning pictures were a major contributing factor in the rise of the Madchester and Cool Britannia scenes. His work can be seen gracing many record sleeves and book jackets and he regularly contributes to publications worldwide.




Nalinee Darmrong first listened to The Smiths as a teenager in 1984. A friend gave her a cassette tape containing the music of the then-emerging British band. Soon after, she attended the Washington D.C. stop of their “Meat is Murder” tour. The next morning, after waiting outside their hotel for autographs, Darmrong and her friends met the band. This marked the beginning of her friendship with The Smiths. For two years she followed and photographed the band during their “Meat is Murder” and “The Queen is Dead” tours.  In writing about her experiences with the band, Darmrong said "Traveling home, I remember feeling so incredibly lucky and grateful and also dumbstruck by how magical the last year had been for me. I feel that sentiment even more strongly today, and will never have any regrets, deciding to boldly go where I had never gone before." Three decades later, Darmrong has assembled her photographs of the now-legendary group, a majority of which have never been published before, for her new book The Smiths (Rizolli Publications).




Steven Dewall has worked for more than 15 years in professional editorial and commercial photography. He has produced portraits of a wide variety of well known artists, authors and entertainers. He is deeply passionate about music and uses that to develop concepts that capture the essence of the artists he photographs. Dewall worked as the Director of Photography at Filter and Mean Magazine as well as the staff photographer for New Times Los Angeles. His work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice.




Ian Dickson began photographing rock stars in 1972. Over the years, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, NME, Vox, Q and more. After holding his first exhibitions in London and around Europe, a selection of his work was shown at the MTV Awards in Berlin, the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace and the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and Copenhagen. He has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and had multiple photographs added to their museum. A book of his punk photographs entitled Flash Bang Wallop! was published in 2000.




Brian Duffy began his career in fashion design and illustration before transitioning into photography. He started working at British Vogue in 1957, where his avant-garde style was instrumental in pushing the magazine to remain relevant during the teenage revolution. Duffy was a key player in redefining the aesthetic of the “swinging sixties” and redefining the position of a photographer as a celebrity themselves. He shot numerous iconic images in the sixties and seventies, including three David Bowie album covers. Most notably, he designed, shot and named Bowie’s album cover “Aladdin Sane” which went on to become a cultural icon. He shot multiple award winning and groundbreaking advertising campaigns and was a regular contributor to multiple publications, such as The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. A documentary of his life and work, "The Man Who Shot the Sixties", was released by BBC in 2009 and multiple books have been published documenting the many iconic phases of his career. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time” by British Journal of Photography and his works have been displayed in galleries worldwide.




Deborah Feingold began her photography career teaching troubled youth in a Boston prison. Her belief in the power of the camera as a tool for self-expressions and communication helped establish her decades long career photographing the most prominent names in American culture. Her first major assignment was to shoot jazz icon Chet Baker for the Artist House record label. She was then hired as the New York liaison for Musician magazine, where she photographed music legends such as James Brown, Bono and Madonna. Over the years her photographs have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. Her 2014 book Music collects some of the most dazzling and iconic moments from her sessions with musicians who have defined the last 40 years of music.




James Fortune began his career in the late 1960s. He spent more than a decade photographing rock and roll icons such as Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and Elton John. He has a catalog of over 15,000 images from the 1960s and 1970s that contains shots of everything from the hippie riots in Hollywood to Gene Simmons and Cher sharing an eclair. Many of Fortune’s photographs are iconic, and some are recognizable as rock star posters from the 1970s and early 1980s. 




Arthur Gorson has established a prestigious career in photography, music and film. Gorson’s photographs of Bob Marley were used as the album cover for “Talking Blues” as well as art for deluxe CD/album editions of “Catch a Fire” and “Burnin”. His photos of Marley have also been published in Rolling Stone and multiple books and have been shown in galleries and documentaries. Gorson has developed feature films with acclaimed directors and produced documentary films, commercials, major music videos and concert DVDs. He has produced work for artists such as Stevie Nicks, Iron Maiden, Dr. Dre and Marilyn Manson. His work has received international recognition and multiple major awards.




Bob Gruen has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition. He became John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal photographer in 1971, capturing some of the most iconic and popular images of Lennon. As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the 1970s, Bob specialized in candid and behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands including The Clash, Blondie and The Ramones. Throughout his career Gruen has worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and Tina Turner. For many years he was the official photographer for the New York Music Seminar, covering dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week. Gruen’s body of work reflects his profound commitment and personal friendship with the artists and provides an illuminating and comprehensive history of rock youth culture.




Ross Halfin began his career working for Sounds magazine in the 1970s, shooting various artists on the punk scene including The Clash and The Sex Pistols. After linking up with writers Geoff Barton and Peter Makowski, Halfin moved on to working mainly in the US with bands like Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, and Black Sabbath. For over thirty years, Halfin toured with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, such as AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica and Def Leppard. He has published numerous photo collections, and his work is regularly featured in rock and metal magazines.