If there is one photographer who has defined celebrity personas down the years, it has to be none other than Mick Rock. He has gone ahead and captured the very essence of all the major celebrities you can think of-Bowie, Daft Punk, Lady Ga Ga, Snoop and so many more. It is not as if it is only interesting celebrities that he captures with his lens.
In his own words, he can get something good from the most boring person. To him, it is the relationship between the subject and the camera that is of any value to him not who the subject might be. But for the superstars themselves getting a picture taken by Mick Rock is very important as it signifies that they have arrived.
Among the early brushes with celebrity, subjects came courtesy his interactions with Pink Floyd founder Syd Barret and David Bowie, who in fact had invited him over to his house in 1972. Since then he has gone on to make a hundred album covers. Quite naturally he has many an anecdote to reveal about the decades he has spent photographing some of the musical legends of our times.
The thing that was remarkable about Rock was the fact that even though he had photographed these legends even before they became the phenomena they became, he already saw them in that light. Not one to get carried away by his own fame, he rates his collection of cat photographs very highly indeed. One celebrity he would have loved to photograph was the supremely talented Prince. In his opinion, he wasn’t as culturally important as David Bowie was, but there was no doubt about the fact that Prince was a god of rock and roll.
The only advice that he would have given a younger himself would have been to grow up! That’s Mick Rock for you.