Thursday, January 18th through Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Rock Gods: Fifty Years of Rock Photography is the rich visual universe of Knight's work, replete with visions of guitar gods, monumental performances, and earth shattering solos that chronicle the greatest moments in the evolution of rock music and culture. His remarkable photographs define generations of rock stars from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to Run DMC and Green Day. Knight captures the grueling riffs of Jimmy Page, the flamboyant solos of Elton John, Slash's steel resolve, and Eric Clapton's soulful blues. His photography fashions a unique perspective on the world of rock stars, creating some of the most compelling and evocative portraits of popular musicians witnessed to date.
Robert Knight will unveil hundreds of iconic images taken during his prolific career as both a rock and travel photographer, including 30+ years of intimate, behind-the-scenes images taken at Hollywood’s RockWalk, a sidewalk gallery honoring musical innovators. His deep catalog includes Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty, Slash, Van Halen, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, KISS, Blondie, The Cure, producer George Martin (The 5th Beatle) among numerous others.
His ability to closely connect with and generate trust among the numerous artists he’s photographed has led to a deeper, more intimate documentation of significant pop cultural moments.
Knight’s early career took off in the late '60s when he photographed a young Jimi Hendrix in San Francisco, capturing his primal performance and adrenaline driven solos. These images immortalized Hendrix and propelled Knight on a life-long Rock`n Roll pilgrimage. Additionally, Knight took the first photographs of Led Zeppelin arriving in Hawaii on the tarmac, exiting their Pan Am flight, and the first and only photos of Led Zeppelin’s debut at LA’s The Whisky night club.
Special musical guests Lyric Dubee (left) and Jacob Reese Thornton (right) will perform at the exhibition's opening reception. Photographs by Robert M Knight.