David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: photographed by Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz, rock photographer

In the world of rock n’ roll photographers, there are none as extraordinary as Henry Diltz.

Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour, as he is a visual historian of the last four decades of popular music. The rapport he’s developed with his musician friends, along with his down-to-earth-grin and frequent laugh, enables him to capture the candid shots that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy with his subjects.

For Diltz, the pictures began with a $20 second-hand Japanese camera purchased on tour with the Modern Folk Quartet. When MFQ disbanded, he embarked on his photographic career with an album cover for The Lovin’ Spoonful. Despite his lack of formal training, Diltz easily submerged himself in the world of music: the road, the gigs, the humor, the social consciousness, the psychedelia, the up and down times.

For 50 years, his work has graced hundreds of album covers and has been featured in books, magazines and newspapers. His unique artistic style has produced powerful photographic essays of Woodstock, The Monterey Pop Festival, The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix and scores of other legendary artists.

In this documentary we will meet many of these famous stars and hear them talking about their friend Henry Diltz and his "fly-on-the-wall" photography style. Diltz tells his fascinating life story and takes us back to those magical moments where these famous photos and album covers were taken.



Henry Diltz, 2015 honoree: achievement in music

Henry Diltz never set out to take some of the most iconic photos of our era, it just happened. Fresh from a globetrotting childhood, he attended colleges in Munich, West Point, then Honolulu, and later became known as a musician and founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet. This led to his many friendships with recording artists of the California rock community in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Immersed in this world, he accidentally discovered a passion for photography that turned into obsession and occupation... read more here:

Henry Diltz: The Stories Behind Iconic Photos of Dolly, Garth and More

Famed photographer shares legendary photos and stories from shoots of musicians such as the Eagles and James Taylor. For more:

Henry Diltz seemingly photographed just about everybody who was anybody in the music scene of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Henry Diltz Q&A: the story of Laurel Canyon and LA folk

From Joni Mitchell to Jackson Browne, the finest folk musicians of the Sixties were drawn to California's Laurel Canyon. Photographer Henry Diltz was part of it all. 

Famous album covers photgraphed by Diltz
Iconic photos by Henry Diltz
Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell
The Who at Monterey Pop 1967
Paul and Linda McCartney

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