New Archive Signing: Iconic Music Photographer David Gahr
From the beginning, photographer David Gahr helped define the language of Folk, Jazz, Blues and Rock n’ Roll imagery.
He started his career shooting album covers for Folkways Records icons like Woody Guthrie and Big Bill Broonzy.
Over the next 40 years his images would appear in such influential publications as Life, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and People Magazine.
During this time he became one of the most sought after photographers in history.
He was there with Bob Dylan in his first years in Greenwich Village and at his controversial Newport Folk Festival performance in 1965.
He captured Janis Joplin’s sweat-drenched debut in Newport in 1968 and again in full feathered regalia at the Chelsea Hotel in New York.
Other highlights include…
- A 22 year old Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
- A young Emmylou Harris in 1968 and throughout her illustrious career.
- Dolly Parton in New York City in 1976.
- The cover of Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson album which has become one the most famous music images of all time.
Gahr’s work ranks him among the pantheon of the all-time great music photographers. His photos are in fact essential to the visual history of popular music in the last half of the 20th Century.
Click through the lightbox below to take a journey through a portion of this iconic auteur and tastemaker’s life’s work.