Richard E. Aaron


In a career that spans over three decades, Richard E. Aaron has shot still photography for a wide variety of media, ranging from feature films, television and video to corporate public relations, entertainment publicity and album covers.

Perhaps best known for his music photography, he was honored by Modern Photography Magazine as one of the "10 Best Rock Photographers" in the world, he has hundreds of album covers to his credit including "FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE," still the biggest selling double live LP.  He shot the first photographic rock 'n' roll cover of Time magazine - Paul McCartney/Wings Over America. All told, his work has appeared in more than 45,000 magazines, newspapers and books worldwide.

His extensive work in music photography (4,000 musical artists photographed) includes, "Fleetwood: The Visitor in Africa" (RCA Records), a tour shot on location in Ghana West Africa. Similar projects for many top rock & roll groups around the world followed. He traveled through the People's Republic of China for several months, where he documented the first Western rock group to record an album and tour.

He graduated from the School of Visual Arts BFA (New York City) Alumnus of Brooks Institute with an Honorary Master's Degree awarded in 2008. (Brooks Santa Barbara, California).

Richard Aaron died in December, 2016.



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.



Michi Broussard is an artist and fashion designer. She started her education in Chicago studying fine art, and upon completion, she continued on to New York to study Fashion Design. Her creativity won her industry praise for her award-winning design work, but her love of art persisted, and she was inspired to paint again.

In 2008, Mr Musichead was the first gallery to sell her work. She has since taken up screenprinting as another medium to add to her repertoire. Her work has evolved into a culmination of all of her passions…high fashion, music and art.

In her exhibition, Musicians: The Smoking Series, Michi explored using different medium along with traditional painting and screenprinting techniques for her unique pieces. In order to capture the personality of each subject, she has approached each work by combining unique materials and methods to convey the mood and attitude of each person in that moment of time.



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.




Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, known professionally as Chuck D, is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and a national treasure. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create politically and socially conscious hip-hop music in the mid-1980s.

Ridenhour was born in Queens, New York. He began writing rhymes after the New York City blackout of 1977. After graduating from Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School, he went to Adelphi University on Long Island to study graphic design, where he met William Drayton (Flavor Flav). He received a B.F.A. from Adelphi in 1984 and later received an honorary doctorate from Adelphi in 2013.

Though he graduated from New York’s Adelphia University with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Chuck D’s career as an internationally celebrated performer sidelined his visual art endeavors for the most part until recently. His unique access to the worlds of Rock and Hip Hop brings a courtroom sketch aesthetic to a here-to-fore undocumented aspect of pop culture history: the point of view of one who has lived it.




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).

Robert Davidson 


In the summer of 1967, nineteen year old Robert Davidson was at The Royal Garden Hotel with Tony Secunda doing a press call for Zappa’s upcoming concert at the Royal Albert Hall and while scouting for a suitable location heard Zappa’s voice on the telephone. Robert seized the opportunity and immediately asked through the ajar bathroom door if he could take his picture. Zappa explained to his wife on the other end of the line that, “Some limey wants to take my picture on the John. Sure, whatever turns him on.”

This set of images, commonly known as the ‘Zappa Krappa’ pictures almost immediately gained cult status, a sentiment echoed by Zappa himself in 1983, when stating, “I’m probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else.”

Earlier this year the image appeared in the V & A’s definitive exhibition on the 1960’s ‘You Say You Want a Revolution.’ The proliferation of this unconventional image, with poster reproductions reaching into the millions, has propelled this intimate portrait of Zappa into the fabric of pop culture.

Three months after the shoot, Zappa’s management, incorrectly thinking Davidson to be benefiting exclusively from the increasingly popular images, sent representatives to his studio where he was forced to part with his original negatives. However, these measures proved futile due to the vast amount of pirate reproductions that had already taken place, and ultimately neither Davidson nor Zappa received any royalties from the image.

Moving forward to 2010, Davidson learnt that his negatives were about to be sold online by a Los Angeles memorabilia company, Rockaway Records, who had purchased them from the estate of Herb Cohen, Zappa’s manager. Davidson contacted Rockaway Records to relate his story, and in turn they kindly agreed to repatriate the 10 surviving negatives for a token sum. Rockaway’s Mark Steckler stated, “We are just glad that Robert Davidson could get them back.”



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.



With fellow photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy was a key player in London’s Swinging Sixties, a culture of high fashion, debauchery,  and celebrity chic. Socializing with actors, pop stars, and royalty, they represented a new breed of photographer and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Legendary fashion photographer Norman Parkinson called the Londoners the Black Trinity because the group operated by few rules and broke the rest. Duffy has worked for numerous legendary publications, including Vogue, Glamour Magazine, Esquire, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. Duffy claimed that he did some of his best work working with French Elle. Duffy was also a highly successful commercial advertising photographer shooting award-winning campaign for both Benson & Hedges and Smirnoff in the 1970s.

Brian Duffy spent the period of 1972 through 1980 creating some of the best-known images in his body of work with his subject and creative partner, David Bowie. In 1973, Duffy shot and art directed one of the most recognizable images in pop culture: David Bowie with his eyes closed, face adorned with a rainbow flash of lightning, which graced the cover of Bowie’s sixth album, Aladdin Sane. Duffy’s eldest son, Chris Duffy, reflects on his father’s most famous image of Bowie, “It has become a cultural icon. Several years ago, I started calling it the Mona Lisa of Pop. I think it is quite befitting – there isn’t really an image that is as ubiquitous. It’s been used on fridge magnets, caps, calendars, t-shirts, lighters, beer mats and it is quite extraordinary.”

Shortly after Brian Duffy’s passing in 2010, the BBC commissioned a documentary on Duffy’s life and work. Since then, his work has been exhibited in numerous museums around the world.  In 2012, the Victoria and Albert Museum requested use of the original Aladdin Sane record cover dye transfer print for their ‘British Design 1948-2012’ cultural exhibition. In 2013, the Museum approached the archive for use of the newly released ‘Eyes Open’ version as the lead image for the ‘David Bowie is‘ exhibition. The best-selling exhibition has since been on a worldwide tour since its inception at the Museum in 2013 and has travelled to nine venues in countries including Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Spain. The V&A has recently announced that it has surpassed 1.5 million visitors to its landmark ‘David Bowie is‘ exhibition, making it the most-visited show in the Museum’s 164-year history.

The value of the signed photographs have significantly increased as The Duffy Archive has sold through the editions. These original, limited-edition works have become an astute investment for fine art collectors. Silver gelatin prints are all personally printed by Chris Duffy who worked as Duffy’s printer and assistant from 1973 to 1980 before launching his own photographic career.

All archival pigment ink prints are printed on archival Fuji Baryte 310 gram paper and are available up to 44x44 inches.

Each limited edition print has an accompanying certificate which describes the print paper and size, the print number and size of the edition. All prints are signed and authenticated on the rear by Chris Duffy.



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.



Don Hunstein worked as chief staff photographer for Columbia Records for over thirty years. During his time there Hunstein had access to a broad range of musicians from a wide variety of genres. At the time, Columbia Records felt it was important to document the cultural history of the music of their time, giving him the opportunity to do more than album covers and publicity shots. Hunstein photographed hundreds of album covers and documented the recording of many of the great albums in music history. His photograph of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo, which was used as the iconic cover for Dylan's album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".