Morrison Hotel Gallery presents, BE MUSED, a retrospective spanning the entire career of photographer Henry Diltz
The Morrison Hotel Gallery will host the month-long exhibition Be Mused, a retrospective spanning the entire career of photographer, musician and MHG partner Henry Diltz. Diltz’s seminal photographs have captured the candid heart and soul of music history for over half a century. The ambitious exhibition will kick off with a monumental exhibition of rare and iconic works on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s flagship location in New York City, 116 Prince Street, with a meet-and-greet reception hosted by Diltz and friends.
Be Mused chronicles the lives and times of a century’s greatest personalities told through Diltz’s inspired lens. His oeuvre includes photographs of The Doors (Diltz shot the legendary Morrison Hotel album cover), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix, among many other legends, and iconic cultural events like Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, and beyond. Diltz’s images have been featured on album covers, books, magazines, and newspapers.
As cardinals of the Diltz legend are the celebrated artist’s “Henry-isms”, humorous quips and humble reflections on the radiant joy of the human experience. While there is indeed much to be learned from Diltz’s earnest life and legacy, his nature can best be reflected in a particularly ingrained rumination on himself as a student and all others as a teachers.
Henry Diltz is an extraordinary rock ‘n’ roll photographer unlike any other. A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much at home as a touring musician, as he is a visual historian of the past four decades of popular music. The rapport he has developed with his fellow musicians, along with his down-to-earth smile and frequent laughter, allow him to capture candid shots that convey a rare sense of trust and intimacy with his subjects.
For Diltz, the footage began with a $20 used Japanese camera purchased while touring with the Modern Folk Quartet. When MFQ disbanded, he launched his photography career with an album cover for The Lovin’ Spoonful. Despite his lack of formal training, Diltz easily immersed himself in the world of music: the road, the concerts, the humor, the social conscience, the psychedelia, the ups and downs.
For over 40 years, his work has graced hundreds of album covers and been featured in books, magazines and newspapers. His unique artistic style has produced powerful photographic essays on Woodstock, the Monterey Pop Festival, The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix and dozens of other legendary artists. Diltz continues his stellar career, generating vibrant new photography that inspires the rock n’ roll fan in all of us. Henry Diltz is a partner and is exclusively published and represented by Morrison Hotel Gallery.
MHG is the world’s leading fine art music photography brand representing over 125 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their expansive catalog of photography encompasses images from jazz, blues and rock spanning generations to today’s contemporary music artists and now also includes iconic photography from the worlds of celebrities and sports. MHG has a strong online presence, with over 100,000 searchable images by photographer, musical artist, band or gig. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com